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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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Face III
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Face III
Date Made: 1948
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: brush and ink, gouache
Dimensions: 36.8 cm x 27.9 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 76.636
Article: These works were intense and powerful, drawn spontaneously using broad washes in subtle tonal ranges from soft greys to black. In Face III, the taut mask suggests the oppressive sensations Hester experienced during her ray treatments. The tension in the neck is defined by vertical and diagonal lines. All facial features are obscured except the eye and ear- the focus being on watching and listening intently. As in other related Faces, one eye is small, the other dramatically enlarged.
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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