From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 30×20 inches/76×51 cm
Paper: 32×22 inches/81×56 cm
Two models are against a pale pink background, their limbs intertwined and nearly in the same pose, but inverted. A visual paradox exists, the viewer feels that they are gazing from above, but perspective gives the illusion of viewing straight-on. They appear weightless and floating. The inversion of a similar poses gives the piece rotational symmetry. The models’ backs interlock forming an hourglass shape. Each left arm crosses over the other’s torso, concealing her breast in a set of parallel lines.
A soothing palette makes the piece light and airy with slight interruptions of dark between the parallel arms and behind the smalls of their necks. A faint pattern embellishes the pink background with an exotic flavor. A faint halo radiates from each model’s head. The background complements the beige of the model’s skin tones; consequently, the figures blend in more than they come forward. The models are disconnected from the viewer, gazing sensually into the distance with their lips parted.
The central theme in this piece two bodies intertwined. The composition recalls the yin-yang symbol. The models are both dichotomous with each other and in harmony with one another. While similar, subtle differences in the models’ poses, such as the position of the feet, establish each one’s individuality. They are two unique components of a larger whole. The contrast between dark and light represents another dichotomy. The dark gaps between the models and the deep brown shades of their hair are juxtaposed with the light, airy background and soft skin tones.
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