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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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Bushfire, Avonsleigh
Title: Bushfire, Avonsleigh
AltTitle:Bushfire (Avonsleigh, Victoria)
Date Made: 1955
WorkOrigin:Oceania - Australia - Victoria - Avonsleigh
Media Category: Watercolour
Medium: brush and ink, watercolour, enamel
Dimensions: 56.1 cm x 77.0 cm (sheet)
Inscript:estate stamp l.l., ink "Joy Hester" not dated not signed
TertInscript:inscribed verso c., ink "Cat. No. 11/Bush Fire" inscribed verso l.c., purple crayon "No 29 Group/NFS"; "29" crossed out & "
Accn No: 76.641
NGA IRN: 38781
DateAcquired:12 OCT 1976
Remarks:NGA cardboard mount 80.8 x 101.0 cm. Illus. Burke p143 asBush Fire, Avonsleigh; she says the figures are Gray Smith and son Peregrine. The family was living at Avonsleigh, Victoria at the time (1952-55). (KA 31/1/01)
Provenance:The artist, Gray Smith, Peregrine Smith and Sweeney Reed, Tolarno Galleries
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Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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