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Up, outwards



Carl Plate


19 Dec 1909 – 15 May 1977

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Woronora Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
    122.0 x 92.0 cm board; 124.5 x 93.8 x 3.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.r. corner, brown paint "Carl Plate '62".

    Gift of Dr Colin and Mrs Elizabeth Laverty 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Carl Plate

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    Artist information
    Carl Plate

    Works in the collection


  • About

    … I was able to somehow crystallise a feeling I’d had … an abstract feeling that something exists beyond the material evidence. I felt it was possible to make visible something that was not actually there – to make visible the non visible.

    Carl Plate, 1968

    The title of this painting reflects the dynamic and energetic impulses central to its construction. Like a controlled explosion or the growth of a plant, 'Up, outwards' explores the forces of nature in abstract form. The painting’s broken strokes often widen into ragged, fractured planes which exist in a state of both balance and tension.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

    • Gallery A (Melbourne), Carl Plate, South Yarra, 1964. cat.no. 8, titled 'Up, outwards'

    • Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], 'Exhibition commentary', Sydney, Nov 1963, 195 (illus.).

    • Hungry Horse Gallery, Carl Plate, Sydney, 1963, front cover (illus.). cat.no. 11, titled 'Up, outwards', 48" x 36", P.V.A. on hardboard, 200 guineas [handwritten on catalogue in AGNSW library collection].

    • Gay McDonald, Carl Plate, Sydney, 1987. cat.no. 33; titled 'Up and outwards'

    • Daniel Thomas., Sunday telegraph, 'Three generations in one-man shows', Sydney, 17 Nov 1963.

    • Wallace Thornton., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art reviews: Hungry Horse', Sydney, 13 Nov 1963. Review of Hungry Horse Gallery exhibition.

    • Editor Unknown (Editor), The Australian women's weekly, Sydney, 10 Jun 1964, (illus.). Photograph of artist standing in front of painting at Gallery A, South Yarra, with two visitors to the exhibition.

Other works by Carl Plate

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