From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 24×16 inches/70×41 cm
Two models—one standing, the other kneeling—are set against a geometric pattern of quarter-circles and squares on a pale backdrop. The flatness of the square, given dimension only by the faint shadow beneath, is incongruous with depth of the figures. Nonetheless, the enigmatic square compliments the peach and beige of the models’ skin tones with its dark brown shades and subtle olive green tones. The palette throughout the composition is warm and earthy, tied together by the skin tones, echoed throughout.
The square is divided into four smaller squares which bisect concentric half-circles that seem to radiate from the scene transpiring between the two models in the foreground. On further examination, the surface of the square has a rough texture like that of a carpet, juxtaposing the soft, smooth surface of the models standing before it.
The power dynamic between the two figures is strong. While the disciple grasps the jeans, her gaze into the duchess’ eyes reveals her is under the taller woman’s guidance. The duchess’ face is turned away from the viewer, but her head is cast downward as she returns her companion’s beseeching glance. The standing model would be taller even if her disciple were to stand, reinforcing her gently powerful persona.
The disciple seems full of uncertainty, looking for wisdom in her councilor. The duchess places her hands firmly on the disciple with gentle affection. Rather than being a forceful figure, the viewer is given the impression that the duchess offers guidance to a willing adherent. While the scene carries erotic undertones, the emotional connection between the models is apparent and necessary.
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 Ink Jet