An image of Wig 74

Carl Plate

(Australia 19 Dec 1909 – 15 May 1977)

Wig 74

Other titles:
Day Passage
Location
Not on display
Further information

Carl Plate was one of Sydney's most important painters of the post-war period. He studied at ESTC 1930–34, then at St Martin’s and Central schools of art in London between 1934 and 1939, during a period spent travelling and working overseas. His time in London was an important formative influence, when he visited the International Surrealist Exhibition at New Burlington Galleries and acquired a knowledge of contemporary European and particularly British art; meeting artists Henry Moore and Roland Penrose, and such authors as Herbert Read and TS Eliot. On his return to Australia in 1940, whilst continuing with his own painting, drawing and printmaking; Plate was a keen advocate for modern art in the Contemporary Art Society and through his management of the Notanda Gallery in the city (established by his sister Margo Lewers) - dealing in prints, drawings and books with a focus on contemporary art. The first exhibition held there, 'England today' - introduced the work of British moderns such as Eric Gill, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and others to Sydney. A major survey of Plate's work was organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1977 and an Australian Collection Focus display in 2006.

Plate lived and painted in Paris on a number of occasions, including the period 1974–76. He customarily travelled to Europe by boat, spending the journey on montage and collage of ideas for future works – using a supply of colour magazines, newspapers and other material that he took with him for the purpose.

Place of origin
Paris, France
Year
1975
Media
Collage, Drawing
Medium
magazine paper collage on white wove paper
Dimensions
23.8 x 33.7 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, blue ink "CP '75 Jan".
Dated upper c. verso on sheet, pencil ".../ .../ Jan 1975".

Credit
Patrick White Bequest Fund 2009
Accession number
217.2009
Copyright
© Estate of Carl Plate