Limited to 5 prints, each signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Sonya leans on a giant red, white, and blue Bomb Pop popsicle while enjoying an appropriately portioned pop. Wearing only long, flowing hair, she appears upbeat and aware of being on display. Borrowing from classic pin-up illustrations, this digitally-produced photo-manipulation incorporates a circle into the design. The model’s fingernails and toenails are painted to match the blue ice of the popsicle. She shows no reservation in her nudity or at resting her bare arm on the frigid dessert.
Part homage and part satire, this image is part of my Raw Sugar series that remixes canonical beauty queens with oversized sweets. I draw inspiration from iconic pin-up models such as Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Paige. The style is influenced by childhood memories of museums exhibits of artists such as Mel Ramos and Tom Wesselmann. The stamp of approval by the Metropolitan Museum of Art assured me at a formative age that a fascination with the genre was legitimate. The first art book I owned was a compilation simply titled, Pin-uP, by Hajime Sorayama that I ordered when I was about thirteen. Inside that book, food played a symbolic role in the compositions, creating metaphors that I did not fully comprehend at that age. In art school, my classmates and I investigated the work of Olivia De Berardinis through dialog and deliberation. Presently, I am fascinated by the overconsumption of sugar. Through this series, I offer an alternative to a sugary diet to satisfy our sweet tooth, in the form of visual comfort food.
Image size: 36×24 inches, 61×91 cm
Paper size: 38×26 inches, 97×66 cm
Sold and shipped unframed. Optional: framed, ready-to-hang
Prints are insured and guaranteed to arrive undamaged
This limited edition giclée print is made with archival pigmented inks on 100% cotton acid-free artist paper. Beautiful and long-lasting, this heavyweight (300 gram/24 mil) premium paper is engineered for exceptional contrast and crisp images. Your art investment will be enjoyed for generations. Properly displayed, this print will last without noticeable fading or change in color for well over 100 years. A certificate of authenticity is included.
archival pigmented inks on 100% cotton acid-free artist paper