An artist has taken camouflage to the next level with her incredible body illustrations that see her models blend into beautiful murals.
Emma Hack, famed for her work on Gotye’s music video, paints the skin of nude bodies and has amassed over 500 million Youtube hits with her mesmerizing work on the famous music video.
Now the Australian artist will take her work to an exciting new level as she prepares to paint a model live for the first time in a UK gallery.
Emma Hack’s amazing artwork sees nude bodies blend seamlessly into wallpaper backgrounds
The 41-year-old will spend up to 15-hours illustrating the nude’s skin to make her blend into the background of an artwork.
The exhibition that will be shown at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London is made up of Emma’s latest collections.
The collection, entitle Blossom, features four wallpaper artworks by the later interior designer Florence Broadhurst that Emma uses as a backdrop for her models.
Emma who will be creating the live installation at the gallery on the preview day says that she is not nervous to be doing her work in front of an audience but she is worried about becoming distracted.
‘I don’t find it daunting, but it is exhausting and time-consuming, also chatting to viewers distracts me so I do plan to create as much as possible prior to the public viewing.’
Birds of a feather: Emma often includes live birds in her pieces
The Australian (left) artist will paint a nude live in front of an audience at a London Gallery
Painstaking: The process can take the artist up to 15 hours to complete
Emma is most famous for painting Gotye, in music video Somebody That I Used To Know
For Emma the process of creating her work can be a lengthily one as she says she has many things to consider when coming up with the design.
‘Generally I research the idea and look at photos I have taken from my travels. I consider what I want the viewer to feel, how the flow of composition appears for the viewer.
‘I then either paint a background or choose some wallpaper from an archive, before heading into the studio with my model, slowly painting her outer edges, then filling in the detail on centre of the form.’
Feathered friend: A nude model wears nothing more than a glove to protect herself from the bird of prey she poses with
Barely there: A model is hardly visible as she poses with a peacock, Emma says she is often inspired by her travels when coming up with design ideas
Emma (left) says she used to feel quite uncomfortable painting nudes as she was self-conscious herself
In an exciting twist several pieces called Birds of a Feather feature live birds that are held by the naked models, who wear nothing more than a glove to protect their hands.
Emma says that having live animals in the piece can add complications so she doesn’t involve them until completion.
‘If there is a bird in the work, they arrive towards the end of the process and are positioned. I then photograph the results.’
A live owl does its best still-life impression in one of Emma’s bird scenes
Emma makes it her aim to make her models feel as comfortable as possible when painting them
Although Emma seems completely at ease with the nudes that she works with she admits that she wasn’t always so comfortable with the naked body.
‘In the beginning I found the nude models daunting as I have always been quite shy about my own body.
‘I think this is why I was trusted by my first models as I always make sure they are comfortable with what I am doing.’
Despite each piece taking between eight and 15 hours to complete Emma is not yet jaded by the process and says that working with animals makes her job entirely unpredictable.
‘You never know what to expect working with birds and animals. The owl is very cute, but also very naughty and it is hard getting him to look at me.
‘We tend to throw things on the ground or play phone sounds to make noise to get his attention.
‘It’s very hard for the model to hold a straight face while this is happening and quite often they get the giggles.’
The exhibition will be on show Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London from June 25 until August 2.
Emma throws objects on the ground and plays phone sounds to get the birds’ attention when photographing them