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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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Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Girl
Date Made: 1957
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: brush and ink
Dimensions: 49.9 cm x 75.5 cm
Accn No: 72.376

In many ways this drawing, boldly brushed in black ink, epitomises Hester’s capacity to pare away unnecessary details to reach the poetic essence of her subject. Here dramatic intersections of black and white, with the most delicate washes of grey in the body, recall the precision, clarity and subtlety that informs Japanese Haiku and Chinese calligraphy.

In Hester’s drawing there is a strong interplay of negative and positive shapes, light and dark, recalling her earlier idea that love ‘made transparencies’ of her darkness. There is both energy and stillness in this work. The head cradled by the crossed arms seems to be propelled into another realm.

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Exhibition Details
Open : 10am to 5pm daily

Tours : 10.15am & 3pm daily
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