Wicked Game


  • From a limited edition of 5 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A. K. Nicholas
  • Image: 20×30 inches/51×76 cm
  • Paper: 22×32 inches/56×81 cm


Art-ID: AM3_1716b Category: Collections: , ,

A low-light effect, toned rendition of a nude woman on a billiards table. A hip and shoulder are prominent as the back view leaves most of this subject shrouded in mystery. The appearance of low-light is conveyed through the use of shadow, inclusion of the overhead lamps, and chiefly the blurring of certain elements that is reminiscent of a moving camera, or perhaps an impaired viewer. Tracers of light can be seen in some highlights. Feminine shoes add a touch of eroticism and the dimly-lit game table imparts a feeling of reckless mischief. Certain textured areas of the image, such as the wood grain and hair, remain sharply rendered.

The colors of this image are restrained to a few hues. The highlights glow in a pale amber. The shadows are a murky gray-green. The palette avoids intense or vibrant chromas. Two glowing orbs above the woman are the brightest points of the composition. Light rims the contours of her body. The rest of the room fades into a shadowy vignette.

Vertical lines add structure to the background. The pool cues stacked at the upper left corner provide both context and pattern. At the edges of the window, the vertical elements of the frame are more prominent than the horizontal ones. The thick wooden slab beneath the woman is the only dominant, straight horizontal. Her hair drapes over the edge, disrupting this line. Hands poised on the edge add an intriguing element.

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