Designer/ A K
Fine Art Photography
Contemporary & Fine Art Nudes
Fifth House featured artist, A K, is unapologetic in his celebration of the female form, these images invite the viewer to explore a dreamlike world.
Photography is simply a starting point on this journey to an unknown destination.
This chosen perspective of beauty is neither overwrought with eroticism nor obligated to modesty.
The photographs are not intended to be a technical tour-de-force. The technique is sufficient to convey a concept. When producing art there is no requirement to follow rules, be predictable, or appeal to a mass audience.
By design, these images appeal to a select group of viewers. The allure of mass recognition is seductive, but it is also creatively hazardous. It would be easy enough to simply distill a menu of classic poses, competent photographic practices, then apply effects that are commonly admired. Such images would be consumed, applauded without criticism, then quickly forgotten.
One of the most exciting things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it.
For this artist, success engaging the viewer emotionally or intellectually, whether that response be positive, negative, or inquisitive. Art should inspire our thoughts, rather than tell us what to think.
A K was born in the United States and raised in the Middle East as a third-culture kid. His upbringing as a second-generation artist was an amalgamation of influences, including visiting world museums and experiencing the contrast between prudish and open cultures.
His personal journey has taken him from self-imposed conformity to blend in, first in a closed society, and then as a foreigner in his own country, to an unapologetic expression of his ethos.
Although childhood memories include touring the Louvre, Met, and Tate, a fondness for art did not begin until discovery of Hajime Sorayama, Tom Wesselman, Mel Ramos, and Helmut Newton. A tipping point occurred in high school, taking an art-history class in surrealism, and, like many adolescent minds, was briefly captivated by the paintings of Salvador Dali.
While earning his degree, he was influenced by the impactful images of Sandy Skoglund, the philosophy of Andy Warhol, and the subject matter of Olivia De Berardinis. He would eventually look to Edward Hopper's use of light and posture to create a mood as well as the color pallets of Gustav Klimt.
Because of you, I am able to express myself through my images.