Timeless Beach

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  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A. K. Nicholas
  • Image: 36×24 inches/91×61 cm
  • Paper: 38×26 inches/97×66 cm


An art nude figure study. A solitary female figure blends in with a gray giant, its trunk may have thrived for eighty years before it succumbed to the migrating coastline. Her head is upturned, adding to the mystery of this surreal landscape by the sea. The scene is a quiltwork of texture and lines. With no particular shapes dominating, our gaze is invited to explore the shadows, grains, and jagged structures. Bright clouds and a single jet-trail punctuate the dark sky, giving the viewer a reminder of life beyond this motionless oceanfront.

An art nude figure study contrasts with the pin-up genre on several levels. The figure study portrays the nude in abstracted, compositional ways. The lines and shapes are more important than the character or intentions of the subject.

In this photograph, the figure is faceless, anonymous. As such, the image is devoid of the immediate recognition a face provides. This changes the visual path through the composition. The eye may rest on the body, but there are no eyes to study. The intentions of this expressionless figure leaves are a mystery. With her head thrown back, she is engaged in the moment, perhaps unconcerned with being observed.

The colors are sepias and browns. These impart a warm feeling. There are no large, homogeneous areas. Rather, the image is a patchwork of patterns. There are no areas close to pure white and the darks merely approach a dense black.

The coastline of the Carolinas (US) shifts constantly, often abandoning forests of trees to graves of salt water. These trees are strewn along the beach. Some are standing, others lay on their side. They exist in various degrees of decay. The rows of dead and living trees reference the cyclical nature of life.

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