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Joy Hester and Friends
1 September – 28 October 2001
All Joy Hester works are reproduced with permission of VISCOPY Ltd, Sydney 2001
This exhibition seeks to bring Joy Hester's remarkable contribution to Australian Art to the fore. Hester's art will be shown in relation to works by other artists who were in close contact with her in the 1940s and 1950s including Albert Tucker, Danila Vassilieff, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Gray Smith, Mirka Mora and Charles Blackman. The show will also include photographs and other documentary material to reveal her friendships with John and Sunday Reed, Barbara Blackman, Barrett Reid and others.     In this way the exhibition will place Joy Hester's work in the context of the times in which she was working, to reveal the inter-connections as well as the idiosyncrasies of her extraordinary artistic output.
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Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Boy (No title (baby boy))
Date Made: c. 1952-54
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, charcoal, wash
Dimensions: 38.2 cm x 30.6 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 81.1933
Web Credit: Gift of Mrs Robert Dulieu, 1981
Article: The boy’s moon face rests on his polo neck sweater and like many of Hester’s drawings dominates the lower section of the paper. The space above feels like his thinking space. The eyes, created with a few strokes of a brush, convey an expression of knowingness, linking childhood with old age. Hester was keenly aware that children often knew more than adults gave them credit for.
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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Events : Joy Hester Public Program Events