Ava Backstroke 6/15

Edition of 15 ~ 36×24 inches


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  • From a limited edition of 15 archival photographs
  • Signed and numbered by artist Aaron Knight
  • Image: 36×24 inches/91×61 cm
  • Paper: 38×26 inches/97×66 cm


Ava swims lazily in an expanse of sparkling azure. The water is calm but disturbed by a gentle mist and she appears almost weightless amidst the ripples. A gentle, serpentine shape is suggested by the curve of her body. The dark, almost black areas of the artwork imply a bottomless abyss. Only her hands, part of an arm, and her face break the surface. Her hair drifts out in reddish-brown spirals. This somewhat impressionistic nude artwork is comprised of small areas of color that form the subject and the negative space around her.

Portions near the top and throughout the image approach a deep black. The densest tones inhabit the upper left corner of the artwork. Highlights of white linger on the surface. These contrasting tones intermingle along the borders between light and dark areas of the photograph.

In this artwork, the woman’s body is inverted with no solid point of reference in the water. Her feet are near the top of the frame and her head is at the bottom, closest to the viewer. With no horizon, sky, or land in sight, her location is ambiguous. Her form recedes into the texture of the waves as drops of water rain down. The soothing warmth of sunlight radiates from her skin.

The overall mood of this art photograph is uplifting. There is also a hint of seriousness, due to the weight of the darks in the composition. At its core, this is a celebration of beauty in an art piece that strives to balance the presentation of the body with the visual appeal of patterns and aesthetic design.

Aaron Knight’s goal in creating this photograph was an impressionistic nude artwork that celebrated the body in a less obvious way. The subject’s partial submersion and angle of her body pursue this goal by balancing the nudity with a slight veil of modesty, yet without apologizing for the unclad female body.

This piece is in art collections in New York, Texas, California, and Washington D.C. Artwork can be shipped worldwide.

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