Carl Plate's appreciation of international modernism influenced his intuitive and expressive paintings, which were strongly founded in his interest in nature, landscape and organic forms, and commitment to abstraction.
He sought to reconcile unconscious creative impulses, randomness and chance with an empathetic response to nature and by the early 1960s almost all obvious references to the material world had been subsumed in his art. Throughout, Plate retained his natural affinity for harmonious form and composition, and particularly, lyrical colour.
Returning to Sydney from Europe in 1940, Plate established himself as an artist, exhibiting his work locally and internationally, until his death in 1977. He re-established the Notanda Gallery in Rowe Street as a centre for British, International and Australian art which was to have a significant impact on successive generations of students and artists as one of the rare sources of visual material and information on modern art in Sydney. An indefatigable advocate for modern art, he was one of the most active members of the Contemporary Art Society in NSW from its earliest days.
Study for 'Graph segments' 5 is closely related to Plate's masterpiece 'Graph segments' 1963-64, in the Gallery's collection.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007
pencil, pen, brush and black ink, black and grey wash on cream wove paper
49.0 x 73.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pen and black ink "Carl Plate 1963".
Purchased with funds provided by QBE Insurance Group Limited 2007
Not on display
© Estate of Carl Plate
Shown in 1 exhibition
Sydney 6 - Abstract artists: Hinders, Lewers, Plates, 1940s-1970s, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, 09 May 2015–02 Aug 2015