Tres natatoris


  • From a limited edition of 6 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A. K. Nicholas
  • Image: 16×24 inches/41×61 cm
  • Paper: 18×26 inches/46×66 cm


In this contemporary figure study, three nudes float in an intense turquoise pool. Two are face down, one face up. Only one’s face is visible and she does not look directly at the viewer. The other two’s heads are turned away. Like triplets, each body is like an echo of the adjacent ones.

The composition presents a triad of lines, converging towards the top in the center. These lines radiate from the focal point. The positioning of the bodies implies a circular shape containing them.

There are a plethora of details to contemplate in this contemporary figure study. Ripples accent the water and the submerged bodies play tricks with the light. Bubbles rise around the figures and shadows play across the image. The poses and angles present a subtle undercurrent of eroticism.

Note: the brilliant turquoise color of the water in this artwork is difficult to display on a screen. The physical artwork may appear more intense than as shown depending on your screen.

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