Airborne (Dancer) 2/10


  • From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 20×20 inches/51×51 cm
  • Paper: 22×22 inches/56×56 cm



Art-ID: JM1_2024 Category: Collections: , ,

This is an artwork of a dancer. She leaps through a frame, breaking out of surrounding graphical elements. This kinetic image abandons the tradition of carefully posed limbs and deliberately arranged hair. Figurative artists have long portrayed the unpredictable nature of human movement. Dance, in particular, has been a favorite motif.

Noteworthy to the meaning of this artwork is the lack of additional dancers or a partner. An individual dancer is distinct from either a dancing pair or a troupe of dancers moving in coordination. The individual expresses independence and spontaneity. She is not part of a group of following the lead of another. Nor does she lead.

Jorgie is a dynamo of posing energy. Here, she is captured mid-dance, leaping in the air in front of a bank of ice-blue glass blocks that glow with the brilliant light of the outdoors. Her body language screams of strength. Her golden skin signifies her vibrant spirit. The warm tones of her nude figure contrast with the turquoise grid behind her.


The color palette is restrained to just a few hues. Although the colors are conceivable, they deviate from reality, applied deliberately across areas on the image. The artwork consists of two planes: that of the dancer and the nearby backdrop. All of these compositional factors simplify the visual presentation.


Shot with a glass block window in an old warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina (US). This space was a painting studio and had ample space and natural light, both of which were conducive to creativity.

Artworks of Dancers

Twentieth-century artists influenced in this approach to a dancer as subject. Examples include Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse. Degas captured individual dancers in paintings and sculpture. Artworks of dancers provide a vehicle for displaying athleticism, strength, and independence. Dance can be a metaphor for self-expression and freedom.

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