From a limited edition of 10 photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image size: 16×24 inches, 41×61 cm
Paper size: 18×26 inches, 46×66 cm
This limited edition photographic print is made with archival pigmented inks on 100% cotton acid-free artist paper. Beautiful and long-lasting, this heavyweight premium paper is engineered for exceptional contrast and crisp images. Properly displayed, this print will last without noticeable fading or change in color for generations (well over 100 years). A certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist, is included.
I call this technique a false-color image, restrained to a particular subset of colors. The method is inspired by oil painting, where the artist chooses a palette and also pays homage to the classic technique of hand-colored photography. Although the colors are conceivable, they deviate from reality. The process shares other aspects with painting, being applied selectively to areas on the image. Painters will often tint shadows and highlights differently in order to give a greater illusion of depth as well as evoking an emotional response. Additionally a warm-toned subject appears to protrude from cool-toned surroundings.
This composition features a mix of horizontal and vertical lines that align flatly with the picture frame. Contrast those to the diagonals that portray depth. A large area of turquoise stands in contrast to the intricate warm patterns of the carpet. The patterns and lines of perspective in the rug are repeated in the wood grain of the floor. The figure stands, emotionally removed from her surroundings, her gaze diverted despite her physical accessibility. Her weight rests firmly in two places on a solid-looking table. The chandelier and hat suggest tradition. Her stance of inwardly bent limbs implies a moment of quiet discomfort; yet her nudity demonstrates bold confidence. The room, although decorative, is empty: there is a chair with no occupant, a table with no food, and a bare cabinet. This tableau is more about possibilities than the immediate moment.