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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: Mother
Date Made: 1955
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, gouache
Dimensions: 75.2 cm x 49.2 cm (sheet), 72.6 cm x 47.0 cm (sight)
Accn No: 76.305
Article: The tension between the two contrary sides of her mother is seen in this work. Compared with the stark confronting drawing of her mother A human being 1945 Hester now depicts her not as a skeletal, depleted figure but as seated and clothed, wrapped in a fringed shawl, which she holds protectively around her. The eyes remain wary, but she seems more human than the figure in the earlier work.
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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