An image of Red and black

Carl Plate

(Australia 19 Dec 1909 – 15 May 1977)

Red and black

Not on display
Further information

Carl Plate was born in Perth and studied at the National Art School, Sydney 1930–35 and in London at the St Martins and Central Schools from 1935-40. His career had an international outlook – while he was based in Sydney for most of his life, he travelled extensively, spending extended periods in Europe (particularly London and Paris), and visited the USA and Mexico. He was a foundation member of the Contemporary Art Society and operated the best art and design gallery/bookshop in Sydney of the post-war period (Notanda Gallery, established by his sister Margel Lewers in Rowe St in the city). There he dealt in prints and drawings as well as books and reproductions, and was a keen proponent of modernism – e.g. the inaugural exhibition at Notanda was of modern British painting, in 1940. His primary interest remained, however, painting, drawing and printmaking, and he worked assiduously up to his death in 1977.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

colour lithograph printed in red and black inks on cream wove Arches paper
44.7 x 58.7 cm image (irreg.); 50.3 x 66.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Carl Plate ... ‘68".

Gift of Jocelyn Plate 2004
Accession number
© Estate of Carl Plate