From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 18×27 inches/46×69 cm
Paper: 20×29 inches/51×73 cm
In this artwork, three bathers occupy a watery tableau. Identical twins stretch their arms overhead, while a third sibling gazes down. The unmatched pair stand together, one indulging in the moment as the other gives her a loose, underwater embrace. The figure to the right reaches upward and looks out at us with clear, blue eyes.
Light rakes across the image from right to left, rendering distinct shadows on the even features of the twins and shading the face of the third sister. Meandering lines of opalescent reflections snake through the expanse of sapphire and emerald-colored water. The ripples are nondescript; a quilt of abstract patterns that merge to define the surface of the water. Without the presence of the figures, the scale of the waves might not be apparent.
Beads of water stream down each body, evidence of surfacing from a recent plunge. Their dark hair, slicked back, contrasts with fair skin, just as brilliant sunlight sparkles on the deep blue and turquoise water. The water is clear, yet with no bottom or edge in sight.
Water has been used symbolically in art, representing baptism and rituals, emotions such as joy or surrender, physical love, and the natural world. While the interpretation is subjective, many people find a powerful connection to water. This composition reveals three personalities, each distinct but similar. The first is introspective, the second compassionate, and the third extroverted.
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