American Convertible


  • From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 26.7×40 inches, 68×102 cm
  • Paper: 28.7×42 inches, 73×107 cm


Art-ID: CN0_005601 Category: Collections: , ,


Charity and Narza pose nude on a 1929 Ford Roadster. This image of nudes with an old car links to the Great Depression, which afflicted every ethnicity in America. About fifty percent of African Americans were out of work, and tensions between blacks and whites surged in the U.S. The predecessors of these two models might have been in competition for jobs to build automobiles like this one. This car, found in a shop that restores rusting shells into candy-glossy gems, symbolizes the power of nostalgia. Rather than gloss over the past, we can use it to reflect and draw inspiration.

From my Industrial Nudes theme. This collection of images sets the nude form against unnatural environments of concrete, chrome, mechanization, and grit. The series contemplates the contrast between the mechanical and the organic, the clean and the gritty. Even the strongest human body is slight and delicate when compared to the rigid, bulky elements of the industrial backdrops. It is, at its base, a commentary that compares an idealized “human as an animal” to humanity’s perpetual expansion into nature. This theme celebrates beauty and achievement by showcasing icons of mechanization in conjunction with the splendor of the human form.
A photograph of nudes with an old car can be a difficult theme to produce original results. The choice of a dilapidated roadster, rather than a restored or souped-up hot-rod was a conscious one for this reason.

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