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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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Girl with hen
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Girl with hen
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, watercolour, oil
Dimensions: 75.6 cm x 55.3 cm
Accn No: 76.648
Article: There is a sense of tenderness and empathy in this image. The child cradles the hen in her arms, gazing out of the picture plane as if asking for help against potential threat. Her broad shape, set close to the dark earth and sky, echoes the shape of the luminous triangle of the ‘chook house’ behind her. Hester contrasts the broadly painted background with the intricate patterning of the hen’s claws and the swift, golden, feathery notations on the girl’s dress that unite human and bird in spirit
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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