Emma Hack

Business, Creative Entertainment, Lifestyle | Fashion, Motivational



Adelaide-based artist, Emma Hack, has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Emma's works evoke 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 artfully 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’s ‘Mirrored Whispers’ collection, recalls many aspects of her childhood, in particular, Emma's fond memories of her grandmother's extraordinary garden. 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. This new collection, with its subdued palette and gentle figurative reflections also highlights what Emma terms her 'inner muse', that feminine wisdom that we as women experience, at least once in our lives.

Emma's 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 350 million hits on YouTube.

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, 2010, 2011), ART Melbourne (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), and internationally, at ART London (2011), ART Singapore (2011 2012) and the Affordable Art Fairs, New York (2011 2012), Toronto (2011 2012), Mexico (2012), Amsterdam (2012), Stockholm (2012) and Hamburg (2012).

Emma's 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.


Body art is a powerful way to advertise products and services, using creativity that makes you look twice!

Examples include:

  • Clothing painted on bodies
  • Bodies as imagery and logos depicting products and services
  • Decorated bodies holding products
  • Illusion based camouflage body art used to blend people into backgrounds or appear as objects
  • As an animated sequence moving over body



Body art can be used in many forms for events and product launches to gain media attention and create a unique and eye-catching piece of art for guests to talk about.

Examples include:

  • Celebrities and Models painted with logos or designs depicting the products or service launched
  • Dancers and Models painted to the theme of a launch or event (e.g. Jungle, Circus, 80s, Festival, Cabaret, Latin, etc.)
  • Dancers and Models as Statues on podiums
  • Live body art experience: watch as a body is transformed before your eyes
  • Waitresses and bar staff body painted when serving guests
  • Camouflage body art where the bodies are blended into backgrounds and then appear or are painted as a logo or objects (This can be used in multiple bodies forming an image)



Body art can be used in fashion shows to accentuate designs in the form of:

  • Accessories painted onto bodies as ornate and colourful tattoos and body jewellery
  • Stockings painted on where the toes are seen, to create a unique illusion
  • Designers logos can be painted and incorporated into designs
  • Clothing painted as part of an outfit
  • Celebrities painted in designs depicting the designer’s range as a show-stopper
  • Ornamental statues as part of the set design



  • Moet Hennessy
  • Westfield
  • Hollywood Private Hospital
  • International Flower and Garden Show
  • Natura – Brasil
  • Business SA
  • Splash Adelaide
  • Dom Perignon, Canada
  • Hardy’s
  • Yalumba
  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • Digi, KL
  • Paspaley, Dubai
  • Tiffany & Co, Dubai
  • Mont Blanc, Beijing
  • Raw Pearls
  • Trigger Jeans, India
  • Davenport
  • Schiaparelli Hosiery
  • National Geographic Channel
  • SA Great
  • Adelaide Airport
  • Adelaide Cabaret Festival
  • Sony Playstation, Hong Kong
  • Slazenger
  • M.A.C Cosmetics
  • Tour Down Under
  • SAFM
  • Greater Union
  • Who
  • Inside Sport
  • Woman’s Weekly
  • The Advertiser
  • The Adelaide Magazine
  • Make Me a Supermodel
  • Premiere Vision, Paris
  • Wild 9 , Mexico
  • Signature Prints



2013 Catherine Asquith Gallery - SOLO Show - Treasured Tiles
2013 Fringe Show @ The Big Slapple - Adelaide Convention Centre - mixed works
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 15th Nov-2nd Dec
2012 Adelaide Airport – Feast Festival Exhibition – 8th Nov – Jan 16th 2013
2012 AP BOND – SALA – Mirrored Whispers 23rd August – 14th September
2012 Henley Festival (UK) - Rebecca Hossack Gallery: 4 - 8 July
2012 ART Melbourne, Stand C8: 24 - 27 May                                                                   
2012 Frances Keevil Gallery - Sydney: 27 April - 13 May
2012 Mirrored Whispers, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne Vic
2012 'The Journey' 2002-2012 - 10 year retrospective, Adelaide Convention Centre, SA
2012 Mixed works, Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff Gallery, 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


2013 Catherine Asquith Gallery– Group Preview Show – Treasured Tiles
2013 Brussels Affordable Art Fair - Retrospect Galleries - Mixed Works
2013 Milan Affordable Art Fair - Retrospect Galleries - Mixed Works
2013 Kong Affordable Art Fair - Retrospect Galleries - Mixed Works
2012 Frances Keevil Gallery – Group Christmas Show 
2012  Catherine Asquith Gallery – Group Christmas Show
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) Singapore    
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) Hamburg       
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) Mexico
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) Amsterdam
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) Toronto
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) NYC     
2012 Retrospect Gallery (ART Fairs) Stockholm       
2012 Seaview Gallery
2012 Rebecca Hossack – New York
2012 Vue Privee – Singapore
2012 Various Art Fairs UK with Rebecca Hossack Gallery
2011 Festivité 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
Private collections throughout Australia, the UK, USA and Singapore.


Collections: http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/emma_art/emma_collections.html

Commercial: http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/emma_commercial/emma_commission.html

Advertising: http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/emma_commercial/emma_body_advertising.html

Music Videos: http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/emma_commercial/emma_musicvideo.html

Media / Documentaries: http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/emma_video/gallery_video.html

Press: http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/emma_art/press.html

You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EmmahackTV


"We were fortunate to have engaged Emma Hack to deliver an inspired body art installation as part of our exhibit at the 2013 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Emma was fantastic to work with; relaxed, accommodating and very professional. Emma’s design exceeded our expectations and she was a huge drawcard, attracting media and general interest from show participants. I would be happy to recommend Emma to any future clients." Euan Laird - Chief Executive Officer
Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Australia

"Just a wee note to try and express my gratitude - though surely words are insufficient. Emma, you went beyond the call, times a thousand. You are a true artisan while also being a consummate professional and a wonderful spirit. You have magnificent poise and joy in you and were generous enough to also share that with us. Thanking you infinitely."
Natasha Pincus – Starkraving Productions
(Goyte Video Clip - 2011)

"I wanted to email to say a HUGE thank you for doing SUCH an amazing job with the models on Wednesday for the Westfield Campaign. Westfield were absolutely thrilled with the results and how gorgeous and life-like the models outfits looked! As I’m sure you’ve seen, we’ve had some amazing media coverage of the event, in large part thanks to you and your assistants – please also thank them and your models from me and the team. Thanks again Emma, and hope to work with you again in future."
Elizabeth Reid - Senior Account Manager, Haystac

"Emma Hack and model Tegan were a pleasure to have at this event and were a stand out for the hosts, Urbantech Finance. Not only because of Emma’s skills but her down to earth personality made her a pleasure to have as a guest at the event once she had completed the body art. Emma and Tegan visited the tables and talked to guests when the body art was complete which the audience loved."
Sam Cocks - Urbantech Finance CEO
(Book Smarts vs Street Smarts Debate)

"Emma Hack’s body painting work at an intimate Panasonic @ Work launch event added colour to the room and was a great way to entertain guests"
Kate Moffatt - Senior Consultant and Manager, Events - Michels Warren (Tour Down Under)