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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 [II]
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Lovers [II] (Lovers)
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: brush and ink, watercolour
Dimensions: 75.3 cm x 55.5 cm
Accn No: 73.33

In contrast to the intense emotional disturbance in Lovers I the woman in this work is more gentle and serene. Hester’s mastery of drawing with a brush is evident in the way that she delineates the heads and torsos of the linked female male figures , outlined in black against the open space of the paper.

The woman’s neck is swan like and erotic unlike the tense and rigid necks of earlier works. The dream-like presence emerges through the quick, precise delineation of the woman’s eyes, like little darts or shooting stars, which avoid the frontal stare of the partially obscured male figure.

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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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