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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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Old woman
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Old woman
Date Made: 1956
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink, colour wash
Dimensions: 72.0 cm x 50.0 cm (sheet)
Accn No: 81.1940
Web Credit: Gift of Mrs Robert Dulieu, 1981
Article: In this work Hester portrays her own spirit as an older woman. On one level Hester’s image of the older woman’s deterioration (inferring not only old age but also the symptoms of Hodgkins disease) embodies a sense of rage. However it is not without hope as the gentle knowing smile suggests. This is a rare self image of an imagined future, although she must have known by this time that she would never reach old age herself.
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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
Admission : Tickets available online at
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Events : Joy Hester Public Program Events