From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 24x36 inches/61x91 cm
Paper: 26x38 inches/66x97 cm
A shot of enthusiasm: a swimmer propelling through brilliant blue crystalline waters. She makes her impression on the quiltwork of patterns, swirls, and intense hues of blue that surround her. Ripples flow from her body as it glides and her feet burst with the summertime energy of an explosive splash. Vibrant energy bursts from this image with the electric blue colors.
Water has been used in art as a broad metaphor for interconnectedness and more specifically for carnal desire, with nymphs and sirens that lure sailors. There are more molecules of water in a single glass of water than there are glasses of water in all the oceans. It is an astronomical certainty that every bit of water we come in contact with has one molecule that has also touched Cleopatra, Zenobia, and Helen of Troy. If there are mermaids, we are connected to them, too.
Her exuberance occupies two worlds: the agitated surface, white and blurry, and the still, quiet clear below.
Her posture is tranquil, head back, indulging in leisure and fun. Her face and hand break the surface, the rest of her body partially obscured by the water. Her curves turn ghostly beneath the surface, simultaneously revealed and concealed, a sense of fleeting sensuality. A light blue shadow gently outlines the left side of her figure.
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.