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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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A frightened woman
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: A frightened woman
Date Made: 1945
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, wash
Dimensions: 31.0 cm x 20.0 cm, 65.9 cm x 50.8 cm (frame)
Accn No: 2001.67
Article: One of the few works from this period that she signed and dated, a traumatised face is rendered in thick, black, expressive line. The focus is now firmly placed on the head and the eyes - the primary conduit of the psyche.
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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