From a limited edition of 10 photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
The contrast of hot and cold colors parallel the dichotomies between old and new, static and energetic, in this urban figurative portrait. An African-American woman exudes strength, energy, and joy amid an almost dystopian urban decay.
The feeling of movement is upward, defying gravity, without an impending sense of the inevitable return to the ground. She is momentarily incognito, her face obscured by swinging hair. Her maneuver reveals well‑conditioned musculature.
Long-forgotten oil soaked slabs of asphalt are rediscovered and repurposed for a brief celebration. A pattern of vertical lines occupies the upper two thirds of the arrangement, accented by strokes of graffiti. Here physical connection to the surroundings, at least for this instant, is merely her shadow cast on the metal wall.
Image size: 24x16 inches, 61x41 cm
Paper size: 26x18 inches, 66x46 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.