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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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Study of a woman (student head)
Artist: HESTER, Joy
Title: Study of a woman (student head) (Student head (study of a woman))
Date Made: c. 1938
Media Category: Drawing
Medium: Charcoal
Dimensions: 36.3 cm x 26.0 cm (sheet), 42.7 cm x 33.6 cm (backing)
Accn No: 76.627
Article: Although this is a conventional portrait, the drawing already reveals Hester’s artistic sensitivity: her capacity to convey a meditative presence and her interest in light and shadow. Here dark shadow not only conveys tonal shading within the face and shoulders but also acts as a silhouette, emphasising the shape of the profile and collar of the woman’s garment.
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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