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Title

Figure with scales


Artist

Joy Hester

Australia

21 Aug 1920 - 04 Dec 1960


About

Joy Hester's incisive and forcefully rendered drawings are unique among the circle of artists associated with Melbourne patrons John and Sunday Reed, including Albert Tucker, to whom she was briefly married. After her diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease in 1947, Hester left Tucker and their young son, for a new life with the artist and poet Gray Smith.

The subject of Hester's 'Figure with scales' arose from a period spent in the rural area of Avonsleigh outside Melbourne where she and Smith eked out a living on the land, growing crops and keeping chickens for a time. After a spell of warm weather, and without refrigeration, the newly slaughtered birds began to decay, the scheme ending in disaster. 'Figure with scales' conveys a surreal, dream-like strangeness that charges a simple, everyday subject with poetic and emotional force and epitomises the extraordinary expressive power and psychological insight that is characteristic of Hester's drawings.


Details


Other Title

Figure with Scale


Date

1957


Media categories

Drawing , Watercolour


Materials used

brush and ink, watercolour, gouache on paper on cardboard


Dimensions

57.9 x 46.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated c., pencil "Joy Hester '57".


Credit

John Gillespie Bequest Fund 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

194.2013


Artist information

Joy Hester

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 17 publications

Bibliography


Michael Brand, Look, 'From the Gallery director', pg. 11, Sydney, Sep 2013, 11.

Janine Burke, Joy Hester, Melbourne, 1981, 50 (illus.). titled 'Figure with Scale'; cat.no. 66

Janine Burke, Joy Hester, Elwood, 1983, 164 (illus.).

Charles and Barbara Blackman, Art and Australia (Vol. 18, No. 1), 'Artist'ts choice No. 5- Joy Hester', pg. 68-70, Sydney, Spring 1980, 68. reference to context and media of 'Figure with scales'

Hal Crawford (Editor in Chief), ninemsn.com.au, 'Art Gallery NSW snaps up Grundy works', Sydney, 01 Jul 2013, n.pag.. viewed 01.07.2013, http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/2013/07/01/14/46/art-gallery-nsw-snaps-up-grundy-works

Alexandra Djurichkovic., Australian art collector online, 'AGNSW reveals major new Australian acquisitions', Sydney, 03 Jul 2013, n.pag.. viewed 03.07.2013, http://www.artcollector.net.au/AGNSWrevealsnewAustralianacquisitions

Steve Dow., smh.com.au, 'Gasps as Art Gallery of NSW shells out millions on Brack', Sydney, 01 Jul 2013, n.pag.. viewed 01.07.2013, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/gasps-as-art-gallery-of-nsw-shells-out-millions-on-brack-20130701-2p6r2.html

Steve Dow, smh.com.au, 'Gallery's $3.85m painting splurge causes a few gasps', pg. 20, Sydney, 02 Jul 2013, 20.

Steve Dow., smh.com.au, 'Sold! Grundy art collection takes in record $19m', Sydney, 26 Jun 2013, n.pag.. viewed 26.06.2013, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/sold-grundy-art-collection-takes-in-record-19m-20130626-2oxuu.html

Deborah Hart, Joy Hester and friends, 'Other worlds: 1947-1960', pg. 55-119, Melbourne, 2001, 90, 91 (colour illus.).

Terry Ingham., www.aasd.com.au, 'AGNSW makes big breakfast of Grundy', Armadale, 01 Jul 2013, n.pag.. viewed 02.07.2013, http://www.aasd.com.au/index.cfm/news/384-agnsw-makes-big-breakfast-of-grundy/

Caroline Jordan, Important Australian art from the collection of Reg Grundy AC OBE and Joy Chambers-Grundy, 'Joy Hester', pg. 46-47, Sydney, 2013, 46, 47 (colour illus.). lot no. 11; estimated price $80,000-120,000.

National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Paintings from the collection of Allen D. Christensen, ‘Paintings from the collection of Allen D. Christensen’, pg. 1-15, Melbourne, 1976, 4. titled 'Figure with Scale'; cat.no. 18

Jeni Porter (Editor in Chief), The Australian Financial Review, 'Art Gallery of NSW gets back in the Brack', Melbourne, 04 Jul 2013, 18. author unknown

Anne Ryan, Look, 'Joy Hester: important addition to the Gallery collection', pg. 10-11, Sydney, Apr 2014, 10, 11 (colour illus.).

Katrina Strickland, The Australian Financial Review, 'Public galleries go for Grundys', pg. 3, Melbourne, 29 Jun 2013-30 Jun 2013, 3.

Tammy Weller., www.artshub.com.au, 'Art Gallery of NSW acquires new Australian works', Australia, 02 Jul 2013, n.pag. (colour illus.). viewed 04.07.2013, http://au.artshub.com/au/news-article/news/arts/art-gallery-of-nsw-acquires-new-australian-works-195872