122 x 81 cm | 45 x 29 in
Limited edition photograph in ink on paper in a total edition of 3.
This limited edition of 3 archival photographs has sold.
"Ava navigates an expanse of electric blue water with outstretched arms and legs. Her sensual display is minimally obscured by the refraction of the water that barely covers her. Female nude art photographs are admired by collectors not for their explicitness, but for the artistry that celebrates the body.
Vibrant blue ripples dominate this composition, surrounding the muted pinks of the body with a blast of intense color. A swath of reddish-brown hair punctuates the image. She floats approximately through the middle of the frame, with horizontal bands of shadow echoing the direction of her body at the top and bottom.
The composition exists primarily along a single plane: the surface of the water. Although there are subtle hints at depth, the presentation is immediate. This reduced dimensionality is graphical. The shimmering pattern and the “X” created by the body become elements of form. This subtle adaptation furthers the image from documenting a time, place, and person, and closer to presenting the subject as a set of visual elements."
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.