The Graceful and the Unyielding


  • From a limited edition of 10 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
  • Image: 36×24 inches/91×61 cm
  • Paper: 38×26 inches/97×66 cm



Unabashed sensuality, blended with strength and individuality make up this composition. A slender, pale nude figure climbs the jagged edge of a cliff. Both the pose and the gradual tones seem to melt into the rock.

Despite the dichotomy of surfaces, the unprotected figure seems strangely at home in this unforgiving environment. Symbolizing perseverance and unmistakable eroticism, she summarizes an attitude of expressing open sexuality in defiance of the status quo. A comment on an arduous journey in pursuit of individuality and self expression.

Soft pale skin sits in contrast to an immovable cliff face. The body is both stretched out with the extended leg and compressed with the tucked head and arms. Her legs converge in tantalizing shadow, a modicum of modesty in this erotic portrait that doesn’t quite reveal everything.

The pattern of the rocks is primarily of horizontal lines. These are punctuated by dark circles and ovals. A divide between the left and the right of the image opens upward from beneath the figure.

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