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An image of 43 ['They won't run to seed'] by Carl Plate

Carl Plate

(Australia 19 Dec 1909 – 15 May 1977)

Title
43 ['They won't run to seed']
Year
1946
Media category
Collage
Materials used
magazine paper collage and ink on thin card
Dimensions

15.2 x 20.2 cm sheet

Credit
Gift of Jocelyn and Cassi Plate 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
227.2009
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.

Bibliography (1)

Cassie Plate, Carl Plate: collage 1938-1976, 'Carl Plate: Within and without', pg. 10-14, Gymea, 2009, 12, 70 (colour illus.). titled '43'