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Up, outwards



Carl Plate


19 Dec 1909 - 15 May 1977


… 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.


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


Artist information

Carl Plate

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Gallery A (Melbourne), Carl Plate, South Yarra, 1964. 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.). 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. 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.