From a limited edition of 4 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 30×30 inches/76×76 cm
Paper: 32×32 inches/81×81 cm
Through ripples and beads of rain, a solitary nude figure treads water in a clear blue pool. Although her naked body is visible from head to toe, she is heavily obscured by the water and rain. Her arms, breasts, hips, legs, and feet are implied through abstract shapes dissolving into the blue. The daubs of color throughout this artwork give an impressionistic feeling that sits somewhere between painting and photography. Her face become the focal point of the image.
This is a square artwork of a female figure plunged into water. The predominant tones are blue and turquoise. Shadows creep in from the edges, with light intensifying towards the center, reaching an apex around the glowing figure. The short, vertical lines of the raindrops contrast against the blue background, enhancing the texture. The water in the foreground is calm in contrast to the warm energy surrounding her body. Drops from large to small splash down around the center of the image creating pearly foam over her chest and shoulders, and painting her face.
Her eyes are bright and fixated straight ahead, she appears content amidst the splashing water. Her jet-black hair is slicked back, exposing an oval face, eyebrows arched in emotion. Her lips are parted in an exuberant reaction to the sensation of water drizzling down her face. Dazzling white droplets refract light as they bounce off her nose and trickle over her mouth, cheeks, and chin.
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