"Visual Duet" - WBF Fine Art Exhibtion

Fine Art Exhibition “Visual Duet” by Emma Hack (Australia) & Bella Volen (Austria/Bulgaria)

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Venue: Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Theatergasse 4, 9020 Klagenfurt, www.stadtgalerie.net
Vernissage: 27 Jul. 8:00 pm, free entrance
24 Jul. – 10 Sept. 2017



★ ★ Visual beauty, rich dimension and feminine power unite the works of the two international artists Emma Hack (Australia) & Bella Volen (Bulgaria/Austria).
They invite the observer to join a dreamy journey of colors, patterns, nature, sometimes figurative, another time geometric paintings.
Two different, sensual points of bold and elegant world view.

About Bella Volen (Austria/Bulgaria)

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Bella Volen is Vienna, Austria-based professional Bulgarian fine artist, who works world wide as an artist and art instructor.
Bella works with different medias as cooks use different flavors. Her focus is mainly in canvas painting and human transformations through body painting, photography and video, but she does also murals, performance, installations, stage design, stage costumes and book illustrations.
She has a master degree in painting and has been awarded with 18 prizes at competitions all around the world, lecturer at the World Bodypainting Academy, judge and curator of projects.

Coming from an established arts family in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, Bella was raised as third and sixth generation artist among painters, sculptors, dancers and poets.
Her natural talent was supported with thirteen years of formal study in some of the most prestigious art institutes including the fine arts secondary school and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In 2003 Bella moved to Vienna, where she has studied painting.

She is currently writing a book about the ritual body art history, which took many years of research.

Since 1998 her paintings have been exhibited in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, England, China, South Korea, Thailand, USA, Hungary, Venezuela. As a commission artist she has created projects in the already mentioned countries, but also in Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, Africa, Spain, Wales, India, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
„A big part of my paintings have been inspired by quantum physics and the phenomenon of time.
The total work of art is my biggest passion, where all our senses are activated, different tools, visual and sound qualities blend into one. My work is a mixture of places and cultures, a search for the true path, a tea ceremony of the future, tectonic dynamic - a rhythm in form. Flowing musical movement, delicate tactility and melting borders. I am a moment hunter, searching between the time and the unspoken words. Running after brave dreams, believing in wonders, enjoying the present moment with feet deep in old traditions and eyes stared at the future. Music has been always my biggest inspiration.

If asked
the nature of chanoyu (tea ceremony)
say it's the sound
of windblown pines
in a painting.
~Sen Sotan, (1578-1658)

This quote symbolizes my visual search. And this is what I am trying to create, paintings, which are alive. I am always working on the „windblown trees“ in my work. „
In 2009 after a trip to Shanghai, Bella came up with an idea and this idea became a new art form and direction called: Paintloon- there where balloon sculpting meets paint.

Art is a mirror – let’s change the reflection!

1/2010 Diploma, master degree in painting
2003-2010 Study of painting at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (Prof. Wolfgang Herzig, Prof. Johanna Kandl, Prof. Heribert Just)
2002-2003 Study of graphic arts and printmaking techniques at the National Academy of Fine Arts , Sofia, Bulgaria
2001-2002 Art course in drawing after the old masters (Prof. Katja Kostova and Prof. Peter Chuklev)
April 2000 Art exchange, City of Bath College, England
1996-2001 Ilia Petrov National High School of Fine Arts (special subject: painting), Sofia, Bulgaria
1995-1996 Fine arts courses for drawing, painting and composition (Prof. Ganovski and Reggio


About Emma Hack (Australia)

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EMMA HACK is an Adelaide-based, Australian 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. 2013 saw the release of ‘Florence’s Archive’, a collection created by Broadhurst of never-seen designs since her passing in the late 70’s. Emma was able to choose colour-ways and oversee production of these exclusive wallpapers. The result is a collection of beautifully float-mounted, low edition, highly collectable works.

Emma’s diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences. Her highly sought after ‘Native Mandala, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘Utopia’ and ‘Birds of Prey’ collections feature native animals and live birds resting on the models arm or hands, connecting her muse to the environment and enhancing the illusion of her body art. Emma’s travels abroad inspire her collections, drawing from the symbolism of other cultures and the decorative arts, Emma interprets treasures around the world in her form of illusion, ‘Blue & White’ and ‘Treasured Tiles’ explore these motifs.

Emma’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 commission and curated space for celebrity chef, Nic Watt has everybody gazing at a larger than life Madame Hanoi at Adelaide’s most talked about restaurant mural.

Emma launched her philanthropic ‘Emma Hack Art Prize’ in 2014, a yearly competition as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It features South Australia’s most talented artists, vying for the $5000 prize. It is currently the only prize established for South Australian artists.

Emma Hack has held successful solo shows throughout Australia and abroad at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, NYC and London, Bluerider Art in Taipei as well as hugely successful art fairs in Singapore, Brussels, Aspen, The Hamptons, Hong Kong and Milan. Emma opened her flagship Studio and Gallery, Emma Hack Gallery opened her flagship gallery in North Adelaide in her hometown of Adelaide from 2014 - 2016. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.


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