From a limited edition of 4 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 30×30 inches/76×76 cm
Paper: 32×32 inches/81×81 cm
An angry sky and the ominous desolation are interrupted by a mesmerizing figure along a dirt road. Marsh grasses and palmetto trees line the pebbled flat that extends to the horizon. Tracks and footprints are subtle hints of travelers through these now desolate badlands. She seems unconcerned with the dead end or what perils may lurk in the brush. She is presented as an animal, with her roots in nature, yet contrasts with the environment as a clearly evolved, social being.
The vertical figure glows against the dense clouds and murky surroundings. The bright pink is an imposing interjection amongst the muted colors of the landscape.
Striations in the clouds radiate from her upper torso, encircling and emphasizing her as a focal point in the composition. Three triangular areas, including the road, and the foliage on either side, converge to a vanishing point. This emphasis of perspective, amplified by the wide-angle lens, imparts a heightened feeling of three-dimensionality, motion through time, and inviting us into this version of reality.
Traditional landscape painting showed figures surveying developed property they owned. Painted nudes often used landscape as a decorative backdrop for celebrating the beauty of the body, and perhaps to show the range and skill of the painter as well. This piece follows the second tradition more than the first, partly in the subject’s gaze connecting her to the viewer. Furthermore, it presents a wilderness, of the type that few would seek to own. It presents the two elements as visual comparisons, not to reflect upon her purpose in this place but to consider textures, colors, and form.
False color technique
Using the technique of false color, I produce a restrained color palette. The method is inspired by my training in oil painting, and pays homage to the classic technique of hand-colored photography. Color is applied selectively to give a greater illusion of depth as well as evoke an emotional response.
About limited edition archival photographs
This limited edition archival photograph is made with the best quality inks on heavyweight museum-grade paper for 100+ years of color permanence. Each photograph is signed and hand numbered by the artist. A collector can identify which impression they own (for example number one of ten). Once an edition is complete, no more editions of that image will be created. A certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist, is included.
About the artist
A K Nicholas is a visual artist specializing in figure (fine art nudes) photography. An unapologetic celebration of the female form, these images invite the viewer to explore a dreamlike world. Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination. His unorthodox aesthetic blends sensual imagery with a painterly style of manipulated colors.
Born in the United States, raised in the Middle East, this artist is formally trained in painting, drawing, and photography.
Archival inkjet photograph