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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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Girl on a horse
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Girl on a horse
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, colour wash
Dimensions: 76.2 cm x 50.6 cm, 73.3 cm x 50.3 cm (sight)
Accn No: 81.1935
Web Credit: Gift of Mrs Robert Dulieu, 1981
Article: The child, holding a round brush to groom her animal, is obviously enjoying the activity; her sparkling eyes and lively smile are at one with the expression on the horse’s face. The luminosity is enhanced by the light of the paper, which shows through. The atmosphere of the whole is animated by the broadly brushed bright blue surrounds and the use of black line, most notably here in the flowing black mane of the horse.
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
Admission : Tickets available online at
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Events : Joy Hester Public Program Events