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A K Nicholas

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Degree: B.A. Art
Graduation Year: 1991

New Blood Art Statement

An unapologetic celebration of the female form, the art of A K Nicholas invites the viewer to explore a dreamlike world. Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination. The themes reference, both in homage and critique: hedonism, patriarchy, commercialism, tradition, and strength. This chosen perspective of beauty is neither overwrought with eroticism nor obligated to modesty. To explore a genre, we must change it by contributing something new; competence, ideas, and passion alone are not enough. Always at ease with visual expression, as a second generation artist, childhood included exposure to galleries and museums in dozens of countries. Although formally trained in painting and drawing, he chose photography as best suited to convey his ideas. 

Artist Statement

"I feel the most intriguing images leave the viewer either unsure or unconcerned with the precise process of production." The subjects are fictional residents of a parallel world, much like our own, frequently more beautiful, more interesting, and sometimes more frightening. The artwork is exploratory; a pastiche of borrowed cultural perceptions and glimpses into an alternate reality that is tantalizingly close. The artist's visual language is a pastiche of cultural perceptions of femininity, from ancient fertility symbols to modern taboos. Sexuality is portrayed both as a biological fact and as an aspect of personality. The photographs are not intended to be a technical tour-de-force. The technique is sufficient to convey a concept. When producing art there is no requirement to follow rules, be predictable, or appeal to a mass audience. By design, these images appeal to a select group of viewers. The allure of mass recognition is seductive, but it is also creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, then apply effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, then quickly forgotten. One of the most exciting things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it. For this artist, success is engaging the viewer emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive. Art should inspire our thoughts, rather than tell us what to think.

Original works:

Lucia Tahoe

By A K Nicholas

£1860

Electric Ava (sold)

By A K Nicholas

£1860

Ava Wishes for Summer

By A K Nicholas

£700

Kick

By A K Nicholas

£700

Nager Nu

By A K Nicholas

£460

After the Heat (sold)

By A K Nicholas

£315

Underwaterfall

By A K Nicholas

£700

Purification

By A K Nicholas

£1100

Palm Zebra

By A K Nicholas

£1100

Arecales Umbra Femina 4/10

By A K Nicholas

£460

Fille dans une ombre feuillue ...

By A K Nicholas

£700

Shadow Veil

By A K Nicholas

£1860

Sold Artworks:

Ava Floating

By A K Nicholas

SOLD