Monday, March 15, 2010

Frances Keevil Gallery

Diverse Multimedia Artist, Skin Illustrator, Photographer, and Sculptor, Emma Hack, will be exhibiting her second solo show at Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay on Tuesday 16th March, 2010.  

For her most recent collection, Mandala, Emma Hack has painstakingly camouflaged the human form into her hand- painted mandala designs. Exotic Mandala captures the beauty of art nouveau inspired designs with butterflies placed on her muse. Wallpaper Mandala, combines wallpaper designs in a collage background into which her muse is artfully blended. Native Mandala offers a Utopian view of the essence of Australia in these stunning depictions of native wildlife; mammals, birds and reptiles appear to leap from the luscious native floral setting, seeming to overtake the presence of humans.

Emma began exploring the notion of camouflage, drawing inspiration from model Verushka 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, and she was overwhelmed at the response from Signature Prints who gave blessing for her use the designs and granted Emma access to the Florence Broadhurst archives.

So began the Wallpaper collection of images that span from 2005 - 2008, and it was during this time that Emma began photographing her own images. Her first ever wallpaper camouflage took 19 hours straight to paint with more recent works taking anywhere from 8 - 14 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.

Other upcoming exhibitions by Emma Hack include:

Emma's Adelaide Fringe Festival exhibition at The Festival Theatre Foyer has been receiving rave reviews (see article below from The Advertiser), and will be hanging until the 14th of March, 2010
Emma will have a stand again this ART Melbourne 22nd-25th April, 2010

Penley Estate will exhibit a range of images for the Coonawarra arts weekend, Emma will be also creating a live painting for the Saturday 8th May launch.

After signing with Elements Art Gallery in Perth Emma will be exhibiting with artist Lucille Martin for a joint exhibition, 'Spirit of Place'. Exhibition dates are 22 May – 6 June 2010

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