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 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.  

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 550 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’s commission for WA Ballet utilised the form of 21 Ballet dancers to create their 2014 program imagery. Emma’s most recent commission and curated space for celebrity chef, Nic Watt has everybody gazing at a larger than life Madame Hanoi at Adelaide’s latest talked about restaurant.  

Emma Hack launched her own Emma Hack Art Prize in 2014, running alongside the Adelaide Fringe Festival, it features SA’s most talented artists at The Adelaide Convention centre each year, vying for the $5000 prize.  It is currently the only prize established for SA artists.

Within the past year, Emma Hack has held successful solo shows at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, NYC and London, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth and Bluerider Art in Taipei as well as hugely successful art fairs in Singapore, Brussels, Aspen, The Hamptons, Hong Kong and Milan. Emma opened her own Emma Hack Gallery in North Adelaide in her hometown of Adelaide in 2014.

Emma Hack is represented by galleries throughout Australia, as well as London, New York, Canada, Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. 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)