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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 with yellow bird
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Child with yellow bird (Boy with yellow bird (also known as child))
Date Made: 1957
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: brush and ink, watercolour, gouache
Dimensions: 39.1 cm x 57.5 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 73.36
Article: In this work the background triangle has been eliminated and the shape of the girl has become rounder, even closer to the earth. She now holds a bright yellow bird, like a small, sacred symbol. The expressive drawing of the hand and arm is characteristic of Hester’s work at this time. The eye, now a large white egg-shape containing the cornea and pupil within its floating world directs the attention out of the composition. The glance and posture of the sheltering figure suggests a wariness against outside forces. The animated bird suggests flight and the search for freedom.
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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