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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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Lovers [III]
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Lovers [III] (Lovers)
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, colour wash
Dimensions: 76.2 cm x 49.9 cm (sheet), 73.2 cm x 48.6 cm (sight)
Accn No: 81.2126
Web Credit: Gift of Mrs Robert Dulieu, 1981
Article: In this work and in a similar drawing Lovers on a yellow ground, unease and ease are united through the man and woman respectively. The brooding face of the male may suggest a level of violence, but it also expresses his fear and vulnerability. His arm extends around the woman’s shoulder in a firm embrace, suggesting his need for her. She is linked to him but is also independent, her sunny smile and gaze focussing attention outside the picture frame away from the lover behind. Her feminine attributes of long flowing hair and lacy clothes are emphasised.
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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