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Emma Hack
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Emma Hack is an Adelaide-based artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. Exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999, Emma’s astounding artworks have since captured the attention of collectors and art lovers worldwide.

Emma Hack’s collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Gotye resulted in the iconic, award winning music video for Somebody That I Used to Know, which has been viewed by over 420 million people worldwide, raising her profile in the US, UK and Europe. Emma has since worked on major artistic commissions for Motor Accident Commission, South Australia, where she built a sculpture of 17 bodies, painted as a crashed car, again drawing worldwide attention to her craft. Emma most recently created a commission for WA Ballet, utilizing the form of 21 Ballet dancers to create their upcoming program imagery, in October, Emma will creative direct the Ballet that will launch the program, furthering her reach and skill within the arts.

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In 2013 Emma Hack held successful shows In Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, Aspen, The Hamptons and Milan. Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Best known for her Wallpaper series (2005-2010) in which she painstakingly camouflaged the human form by hand painting her models into the remarkable designs of the late Florence Broadhurst – Emma Hack’s diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art-works symbolise femininity and strength and being ‘at one’ with nature and our environment through the eye-catching art of painting my muse into wallpaper design and hand painted canvas.

I create my art works over 8-15 hours as my model stands in front of my hand painted canvas or Florence Broadhurst Wallpaper designs in the past. The camera is set up approximately 5 metres from the model and is my main viewpoint and reference for the ‘blend’. I start at the shoulders and use them as my first reference. I then follow down the arms and interior torso, finishing on the face. I don’t use projection or stencils as I work completely freehand, I prefer this result due to the artwork retaining its own quirks and feel, it creates movement on the body, rather than a very flat look. There is minimal retouching, you can see the paint strokes and slight cracking from movement, which I really love and proves the artwork genuine.

I choose models that have a soft face and optimistic personality. This is very important for me as the works are very demanding and the model is feeling mostly pain by the time I start shooting the final result. I started photographing my own works in the beginning of 2008, this is a very satisfying process for me, I don’t see myself as a photographer, this is just a means to creating the art-work. I am a mulit-media artist, the concept and final visual is what I am focussing on, rather than any particular part of the artwork. I am really enjoying the canvas painting process, especially with the works from my Utopia and Mirrored Whispers Collection’s. There is a certain sense of freedom with this style.

I choose to use animals and birds within my works, most are alive and are held. The deer in my Utopia collection is taxidermy as they are very flighty and I was worried for them in the studio. I am very aware that the animal or bird featured should be comfortable with the process, it is important to me as this is the message I feel I am projecting and they should not harmed in any way.

I am so inspired by Dali, I love the way his artwork translated in so many ways from art to the commercial side of Vogue covers and jewellery, I hope that my art can inspire in a similar way. Other inspirations are fashion, nature and the sea, I find ideas come so freely when you can just stop and immerse yourself in nature. Other cultures are also an inspiration while traveling.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 | Catherine Asquith Gallery, Treasured Tiles
2013 | Fringe Show @ The Big Slapple, Adelaide Convention Centre
2013 | Retrospect Galleries, Blue and White/POP!, Byron Bay, NSW
2013 | Seaview Gallery, Blue and White/POP!, Queenscliff. VIC
2012 | Elements Art Gallery, Mirrored Whispers
2012 | Adelaide Airport, Feast Festival Exhibition
2012 | Mirrored Whispers, AP Bond , Magill, Adelaide, SA
2012 | Henley Festival, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, UK
2012 | Art Melbourne 2012, Melbourne, VIC
2012 | Mirrored Whispers, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2012 | Mirrored Whispers, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne Vic
2012 | ‘The Journey’ 2002-2012 – 10 year retrospective, Adelaide Convention Centre, SA
2012 | Utopia & Recent Works, Seaview Gallery, Queenslcliff, VIC
2011 | Utopia, AP Bond, Stepney SA
2011 | Mixed Works, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2011 | London Art Fair (represented by Rebecca Hossack Gallery)
2011 | Affordable Art Fair, New York (represented by Rebecca Hossack Gallery)
2011 | Birds of Prey, AP Bond, Stepney, SA
2011 | Wallpaper Mandala and Birds of Prey, Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay, NSW
2011 | Wallpaper Mandala, Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff, Vic
2011 | New and Past Works, ART Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, Vic
2010 | New works, Gallery 139, SA
2010 | New Works, Obscura Gallery, East St Kilda, Vic
2010 | ART Sydney, represented by Frances Keevil Gallery, NSW
2010 | Elements Art Gallery, Dalkeith, WA
2010 | Past works, Cessnock Regional Gallery, NSW
2010 | Art Melbourne 10, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, Vic
2010 | Native and Exotic Mandala, Penley Estate Winery, Coonawarra Arts Festival, SA
2010 | New and Past Works, ART Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, Vic
2010 | Exotic and Native Mandala, Frances Keevil Gallery, NSW
2010 | Native Mandala, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, Vic
2009 | New Works & Past Delights, Gallery 139, Adelaide, SA
2009 | Art Sydney 09, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, NSW
2009 | New Works & Past Delights, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 | New Works & Past Delights, Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2009 | Past Delights – SALA Festival, Burnside Village Shopping Centre, Adelaide, SA
2009 | Art Melbourne 09, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, Vic
2009 | Panoramic Bodies, Adelaide Airport, SA
2008 | Recent Works, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2008 | Art Sydney 08, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, NSW
2008 | Retrospective Works – SALA Festival, Dare Hair, Adelaide, SA
2008 | Retrospective Works, Melrose Gallery, Melrose, SA
2007 | Body Painting Broadhurst, The Arthouse Hotel, Sydney, NSW
2006 | Yoga Collection, The Arthouse Hotel, Sydney, NSW
2004 | Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Arthouse Hotel, Sydney, NSW
2004 | Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2003 | Retrospective works, The Arthouse Hotel, Sydney, NSW
2003 | Retrospective works, FAD Gallery, Adelaide, SA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 | AAF Singapore, Retrospect Galleries, Singapore
2013 | AAF Amsterdam, Retrospect Galleries, Netherlands
2013 | AAF Hamburg, Retrospect Galleries, Germany
2013 | AAF Stockholm, Retrospect Galleries, Sweden
2013 | Asia Contemporary Art Show, Retrospect Galleries, Hong Kong
2013 | The Affordable Art Hong Kong, Retrospect Galleries, Hong Kong
2013 | The Affordable Art Milan, Retrospect Galleries, Italy
2013 | The Affordable Art Brussels, Retrospect Galleries, Belgium
2013 | Catherine Asquith Gallery, Group Preview Show, Treasured Tiles
2012 | Frances Keevil Gallery, Group Christmas Show
2012 | Catherine Asquith Gallery, Group Christmas Show
2012 | Art Toronto, Retrospect Galleries, Canada
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair, Retrospect Galleries, Singapore, Singapore
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair, Retrospect Galleries, Mexico City, Mexico
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair, Retrospect Galleries, New York Fall, USA
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair, Retrospect Galleries, Hamburg, Germany
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair, Retrospect Galleries, Amsterdam, Holland
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair, Retrospect Galleries, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 | Shanghai Contemporary Artfair, Retrospect Galleries, China
2012 | KIAF Artfair, Retrospect Galleries, Korea
2012 | ArtHamptons, New York, USA
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair Melbourne with Retrospect Galleries – VIC, Australia
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair New York – USA
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair London – England
2012 | The Affordable Art Fair Brussels – Belgium
2012 | Group Show, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, USA
2012 | Winter Group show, Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff, VIC
2012 | Mid Year Group Show, Elements Art Gallery, Perth WA
2012 | Unnecessarily Well-Made, Vue Privee, Singapore
2011 | Festivite 2011, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2011 | London Art Fair (represented by Rebecca Hossack Gallery)
2011 | Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (represented by Rebecca Hossack Gallery)
2011 | Group Show, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 | Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff, Vic
2011 | 19 Karen, Gold Coast, QLD
2011 | Elements Gallery, Dalkeith, WA
2010 | World Body Painting Festival, Austria
2010 | Summer Group Show, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, Vic
2010 | Group Show, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 | Fashion as Art, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, Vic
2009 | Works on Paper, Francis Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 | Retrospective Works, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2008 | Retrospective Works, Art Moments Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 | Retrospective Works, Marie Hart Galleries, Adelaide, SA
2004 | Erotica Exotica, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA
2002 | Petal Collection, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA

COLLECTIONS

The M Collection, Melbourne, Vic
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
Various private collections worldwide

TV & DOCUMENTARIES

Voices in The Mirror, 2012, Wallpaper Collection, 2010, Native Mandala, 2009, ABC NYC, October, 2011 ABC Art Nation story, November 2011, Discover SA story, May 2011, The Weekend Australian Art Melbourne on Channel 10’s The Circle, May 2010, The Weekend Australian Art Melbourne on Channel 7’s Sunrise, May 2009

BOOKS

Cool Hunting, East St Publications, Published 2006, Tangible, Gestalten, Published 2008, Design Play, Victionary, Published 2009, Crazy Art, Vivays Publishing, Published 2011, Florence Broadhurst, Helen O’Neil, Hardie Grant Books, Published 2011

MAGAZINES

Emma Hack has received much international and interstate press this year with stories featured in papers such as New York Daily, UK Telegraph, The Mirror, The UK Sun, China Daily, Spanish People Daily, CCTV , The Advertiser, Tasmanian Mercury, and Sydney Morning Herald.

Emma is also featured in many design magazines worldwide including ‘Platform’ magazine, India and upcoming ‘Le Tabure’ Magazine, Russia and ‘Home Concepts’ magazine, Singapore.


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Emma Hack - Birds of Prey - 2011


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