76 x 51 cm | 28 x 18 in
Limited edition colour photographic print, total edition of 6.
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Image: 20×30 inches/51×76 cm
Paper: 22×32 inches/56×81 cm
"A skinny dipper is a skinny dipper in French or English and at any stage of life. This brown-haired swimmer makes her way across brilliant, crystalline water. Sunlight dances on the surface, creating an almost psychedelic swirling pattern. The highlights are progressively lighter and more plentiful towards the right portion of the image. Most of her figure is submerged, blurring her outline. The water distorts her form and she influences the water. Liquid is both easily influenced and endlessly powerful.
Only the her face and part of her hair peeks out from the water. The vantage point and cropping give the feeling of viewing from afar. The brilliant golden-brown hue of her hair punctuate the deep blues. Her composure is serene and focused. This tranquility is echoed in the gentle surface reflections.
Dating to Renaissance art, the association between the female form and water has been prevalent. Influences for this theme include victorian oil paintings such as The Oceanides by Gustave Dore. When a woman is shown interacting with the water – in this case, by swimming – it adds an entirely new element to the piece. The viewer can see how the water changes the shape of the human form, and vice-versa."
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.