69 x 46 cm | 25 x 17 in
Limited edition photograph in ink on paper in a total edition of 6.
Limited edition colour photographic print, total edition of 6.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Image: 18×27 inches/46×69 cm
Paper: 20×29 inches/51×74 cm
"The heroine swims through idyllic, cerulean waters. Myriad hues of blue dance on the surface, swirling across this colorful art nude photograph. The flow of the water is disturbed by her body’s movement. Her warm-colored form is obscured by cold, blue patterns of ripples and bright highlights on the surface. Her form is outlined with daubs and eddies of colour."
After the heat, the water is a cool retreat. Swimming is a refuge of refreshing sensation. We are connected to water through memories and ancestry. The retreat is a homecoming, a daily morsel of freedom.
She is pursuing and transitioning, symbolized by the upward diagonal movement of her body and tight cropping. A diagonal swath of lighter water is aligned with her body, the corners being darker. Her head is held high, a sliver of her profile visible, lit in golden sunlight that creates a halo in her brown tresses. She is both serene and determined.
Water is an apt metaphor for change. The slightest touch creates ripples and its appearance in any moment will never be identical to that of any other moment. After a while, the unique patterns take on a familiarity. This recalls the phase plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”
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.