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
With her back towards the viewer, she looks over her shoulder in an oasis of tropical foliage. Shadows filtering through palm leaves cast a warped, grid-like pattern on her smooth form, interspersed with highlights. The projections camouflage her contours, blending with the surrounding shapes. Brightly-lit skin contrasts with the texture created by the leaves in the background. The foliage creates a wide array of values, ranging from deep, black pockets of shadow to bright highlights.
The woman gazes sensually at the viewer with her hand delicately grazing her cheek. With her lips slightly parted and her black tresses veiling her eyes, she is a mysterious figure. While she invites the viewers into her trust by gazing at them, she also has an air of inaccessibility. The soft shadows on her form contribute to this curious quality. The highlights pull attention down her back through gently shifted hips. Grains of sand coax exploration of the subtle variations of texture and pattern throughout the image.
The depiction of the female nude in a tropical setting was explored by Henri Rousseau. His piece “Dream” depicts a nude, reclining female surrounded by exotic, tropical foliage, including what appears to be palm trees. This is one of the first artists I studied with regard to a style evolving based on visiting new cultures. The contrast of the smooth, curved female form with the sharp, sleek palm leaves makes an interesting juxtaposition.
Tonal manipulation technique
My tonal manipulation technique begins with a camera, then the colors are transformed with software. Toning often closely resembles monochrome techniques and are inspired by classic chemical processes applied to black and white photographs, such as selenium, sepia, and platinum. Other techniques are reminiscent of early non-color images such as cyanotype, calotype or daguerreotype.
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