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From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 24×36 inches/61×91 cm
Paper: 26×38 inches/66×97 cm

In this underwater nude artwork, a slender female figure plummets into cerulean waters. The elegant, diagonal curve meanders to the lower left. Her alabaster skin contrasts with the ominous, shadowy azure on the far left.

During her downward drift, tiny bubbles escape in her wake. It is ambiguous whether she is swimming or floating; there is a somber limpness to her figure. Her lips are pursed as she retains her breath. Our vantage point is close. Tightly cropped, the shadows that define her muscles and curves are apparent. The water softens the shadows and smooths her lines into an ethereal and ghostly form. Her pale skin contributes to her phantom-like appearance.

Water has myriad emotions associated with it, depending on context. For some it elicits fear; with her head lower than the rest of her, there is an uneasiness here. She has, for a moment or perhaps longer, abandoned control. At the same time, she appears to be floating freely, an air of tranquility conveyed through her sense of calm and the idyllic, clear waters.

The texture of this image made up of dense, pronounced granules, visible on close inspection. Reminiscent of high-speed film grain, this effect contains tiny dots of varying darkness tightly distributed throughout the image.

I produce underwater nude artwork using a waterproof camera and custom improvised lighting system consisting of a number of strobes and reflectors.

Liquid nudes theme

I love working with water and other liquids. The ungovernable nature of liquid provides a balance between order and chaos... A constantly moving mirror and lens, the liquid provides intricate visual surprises. Ripples, reflections, splashes and drops all participate in a mix of light and shadow to create intricate textures.

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.

Materials used:

Archival inkjet photograph

Furthest Surrender 2/5 (2018)


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