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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: auto accident themed sculpture, skin illustration, nudes, multi media

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BIOGRAPHY for Emma Hack
1972 (Adelaide, South Australia)

Copyright MAC/artist Emma Hack/photographer Jacqui Way

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auto accident themed sculpture, skin illustration, nudes, multi media

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Adelaide-based artist, Emma Hack, is a diverse multimedia artist whose work includes ?skin illustration, photography and sculpture.  She has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Emma strives for a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

The reaction new viewers have to Emma's work is usually one of intrigue. Drawn in by the exquisite designs and striking representations of animals, it is not long before there is the realization that a human form, a person, and/or an animal, is present in the work. And the questions arise: How does she do it? Surely it's superimposed? How long does it take? Does the model really have to stand there the whole time?

Emma began exploring the notion of camouflage, drawing inspiration from iconic model, Veruschka, who in the 1960s and 70s painted herself into rustic walls and naturalistic settings. When Emma discovered the iconic Florence Broadhurst range of wallpaper designs, it provided the perfect inspiration.

Signature Prints, the publishers of the Broadhurst range, gave their blessing for Emma to not only use the designs, but granted her full access to the Florence Broadhurst archives of some 530 designs. So began the Wallpaper Collection of images that span from 2005 to her recently launched collection in 2010. It was during this time that Emma began exhibiting her limited edition photographic images. Her first ever wallpaper camouflage took 19 hours straight to paint with more recent works taking anywhere from 8-15 hours, depending on the complexity of the design. It is an exhausting process for artist and subject alike; however the results are nothing short of spectacular.

In the Wallpaper Mandala Collection, Emma has painstakingly camouflaged the human form into combined wallpaper designs, creating a circular mandala collagued background into which her muse is blended. Emma's Birds of Prey Collection comprises the same technique, but includes the use of live Australian birds: an owl, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Peregrine Falcon.

Emma Hack's creativity, based on what she calls her 'inner muse', recalls many aspects of her childhood, in particular, her fond memories of her grandmother's extraordinary garden of Heirloom irises, sweet peas, hydrangeas and gardenias all encircled by what seemed to Emma at the time, a monumental Magnolia tree, meant for joyful, blissful times. With subdued palette and gentle figurative reflections it also highlights that feminine wisdom that she feels most women experience, at least once in our lives.

Emma Hack has been exhibiting professionally since 2002, having held in excess of 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout Australia.
Emma has shown at ART Sydney (2008, 2009 and 2010), ART Melbourne (2009, 2010, 2011), and internationally, at The London ?Art Fair (2011), ART Singapore (2011) and the Affordable Art Fair, New York (2011).

Her art practice and exhibitions have been widely documented in both the Australian and international press, and in particular, her participation in local and overseas art fairs has been featured on various television programs. In 2011, Emma's work was highlighted on Australia's ABC TV's "Art Nation" program.

Represented nationally throughout Australia, Emma is also represented in London, New York and Singapore and her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.
Emma's recent collaboration on Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' has seen her profile skyrocket with the single in UK, Europe and US charts and over 100 million hits on YouTube.
Past Exhibitions

Art Nation
, ABC1 TV, 6 November 2011?Affordable Art Fair, ABC TV, New York, September
A fine body of work', The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW, 29 August 2009
'An artist's body of work that quite literally brings the walls to life', China Daily, China, 5 July
?'Breathing wallpaper', NY Daily, New York, 5 July 2008 ?
'My girl's a wallflower', The Sun, London, United Kingdom, 6 May 2008
?'An artist's body of work that quite literally brings the walls to life',, London, 6 May 2006

The M Collection, Melbourne,
Vic ?National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT ?Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

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Biography from Saatchi Gallery:
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1972 - Born in Adelaide, South Australia.

Artist Statements:

I have been body-painting for 20 years now and took up photography 2 years ago, I love the opportunity of being able to capture the final image that I imagine!

I love nature and living within it, SA is a beautiful state of contradictions, from lush hills, spacious beaches to vast deserts, such an inspiration for my work!

Through dedication and a passion for her craft Emmas 20-year career has evolved from beginnings as a childrens face painter and qualified hairdresser and make-up artist, to a body illustrator and visual artist of world acclaim.

In March 2001, Emma won the coveted 1st prize at the CIDESCO World Congress Professional World Body Painting Championship in Hong Kong. With Emmas co-ordination assistance, the event was held in Adelaide the following year.

In 2004, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival utilised Emmas exhibition skills to feature a collection of celebrities painted as their cabaret ?

Adelaide, Australia

2009New Works & Past Delights, Gallery 139, Adelaide, SA
2009Art Sydney 09, Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, NSW
2009New Works & Past Delights, Frances Keevil Gallery, ? Read

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