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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 [I]
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Lovers [I] (Lovers)
Date Made: 1955
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: brush and ink
Dimensions: 36.8 cm x 31.7 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 73.35
Article: The dramatic pose suggests the sexual act; the woman’s head is thrown back – her long black hair flowing down to fill the entire lower half of the composition, providing a bold contrast with the white space of her forehead. The protruding eyes, gazing upwards, have now become breast-like, an extension both of the face and of the body. A characteristic of the Lovers series is that the male face appears behind the woman, in this instance revealed through a delicate pale grey wash against the dark backdrop.
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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