Emily, Brewhouse Tank 6/25


  • From a limited edition of 25 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 10×7 inches/25×18 cm
  • Paper: 12×9 inches/30×23 cm



Emily stands dauntlessly in front of the massive mirrored brewhouse tank. Her backward glance at the viewer draws attention to the curves of her body and waves of her hair that contrast the steely mechanics of the brewery. Rendered in warm and cool tones from pure black to white this near monochromatic art nude mixes photographic technique with whimsical visuals.

She is surrounded by an array of machinery and structures. Detailed valves and pipes gleam and sparkle like gems in this compact composition. The lines, circles, and other shapes of the apparatus are repeated in various scales throughout the image.

Borrowing from the pin-up genre, the pose imparts an eccentric sensuality. The asymmetrical arrangement of her figure, with her arms and shoulders contrasting, balanced by the tilt of her hips and legs, is reminiscent of classical statuary. Her weight rests on one foot and one hand. Her turned head, angled arm, and bent knee communicates a quirky suggestiveness. Her connection to her surrounding is through her raised arm which rests on the side of the massive tank.

The figure resides in the right half of the image, balanced by dark verticles on the left third and right edge. Lateral lines connect the two halves of the image through the lower portion, and the arc at the top of the tank unites the composition through the upper.

With just a hint of eroticism and a lot of attitude from the German blonde, this monochromatic art nude has been an early favorite with collectors.

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