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Limited to 5 prints, each signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas

Vaguely erotic, a single figure glides easily through an expanse of gemlike water ranging from sapphire to aquamarine. Deep hues and intense tones create intricate patterns that partly obscure the nude swimmer. Glints of pink accent the highlights on the ripples. The body radiates warm energy as she slips in and out through the surface of the cool water. I love working with water and other liquids. The ungovernable nature of liquid provides a balance between order and chaos; I can predict the general nature of the image, but the exact details are left to chance. A constantly moving mirror and lens, the liquid provides intricate visual surprises.

I call this technique a false-color image, restrained to a particular subset of colors. The method is inspired by oil painting, where the artist chooses a palette and also pays homage to the classic technique of hand-colored photography. Although the colors are conceivable, they deviate from reality. The process shares other aspects with painting, being applied selectively to areas on the image. Painters will often tint shadows and highlights differently in order to give a greater illusion of depth as well as evoking an emotional response. Additionally a warm-toned subject appears to protrude from cool-toned surroundings.

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Materials used:

Archival ink on paper

Sapphire Stroke (2016)

$1,400

  • Colour photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 5
  • Size: 42 × 28.67 × 0.02 in (unframed) / 40 × 26.67 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the front
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