From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 25×25 inches/64×64 cm
Paper: 27×27 inches/69×69 cm
A meeting between body and water occurring in a swift passage from air to water. This square composition uses an impactful spectrum of colors, inspired by memories of an impressionist nude. The submerged body is at a right angle to her extended leg. Hundreds of tiny bubbles congregate around her, suggesting she has just broken the surface. Light pierces the water’s surface, illuminating her body in shades of turquoise, purple and salmon. The fragments of color wrap around her body to form shadows and highlights. The swimmer’s pink and beige skin mingles with blue and a spectrum of other colors.
The broad spectrum of otherworldly colors are comparable to a galaxy of bubbles. Diagonal strokes, grainy dots, and patches of color form textures on multiple scales.
Being submerged is an experience of floating weightlessly through space, if only for a short time. The swimmer closes her eyes and parts her lips slightly, appearing calm and serene. Her time underwater before she runs out of breath is finite, but she lives in the moment.
Underwater photographs tend to obscure the human form; the body appears ghostlike. Water is both endlessly powerful and easily influenced. The swimmer can change the water’s appearance with the weight of her body, but the water is able to transform her as well.
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.
Archival inkjet photograph