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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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Three figures
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Three figures (No title (Three standing nudes))
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, watercolour, gouache
Dimensions: 97.8 cm x 75.3 cm
Accn No: 81.2121
Web Credit: Gift of Mrs Robert Dulieu, 1981
Article: In this intriguing drawing Hester suggests the vulnerability of Adam and Eve. The woman has at her other side a more ample female figure with long flowing hair. This sensual presence is perhaps the physical representation of Hester’s need for female support and companionship.
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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