From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 20×30 inches/51×76 cm
Paper: 22×32 inches/56×81 cm
A skinny dipper is a skinny dipper in French or English and at any stage of life. This brown-haired swimmer makes her way across brilliant, crystalline water. Sunlight dances on the surface, creating an almost psychedelic swirling pattern. The highlights are progressively lighter and more plentiful towards the right portion of the image. Most of her figure is submerged, blurring her outline. The water distorts her form and she influences the water. Liquid is both easily influenced and endlessly powerful.
Only the her face and part of her hair peeks out from the water. The vantage point and cropping give the feeling of viewing from afar. The brilliant golden-brown hue of her hair punctuate the deep blues. Her composure is serene and focused. This tranquility is echoed in the gentle surface reflections.
Dating to Renaissance art, the association between the female form and water has been prevalent. Influences for this theme include victorian oil paintings such as The Oceanides by Gustave Dore. When a woman is shown interacting with the water – in this case, by swimming – it adds an entirely new element to the piece. The viewer can see how the water changes the shape of the human form, and vice-versa.
About the Art, Artist, and Process
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.