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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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Child of the high seas
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Child of the high seas
Date Made: c. 1948
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, pen and ink
Dimensions: 20.2 cm x 31.6 cm
Accn No: 76.631
Article: This work was inspired by Jules Supervielle’s short story of the same name. The lines of the floating child’s face and hair are drawn with the lightest touch of the pen and ink, the waves brushed with the subtlest washes. One enlarged hand reaches up to touch the ocean. The poetic implications of the story- a realm hovering between life and death, time and timelessness – continued through Hester’s work in the fifties.
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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