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The Exhibition ‘Until The Morning Star’
A show of Stanislav Plutenko - Paintings, Bruce Clark - Paintings and William Foreman - Paintings
Auguste Rodin - Sculptures
Posthumous Cast (1999-2000)
Monday 1st February – Saturday 27th February 2010
5a Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3NY



'Until The Morning Star'
A show of Stanislav Plutenko, Bruce Clark and William Foreman

Monday 1st February – Saturday 27th February 2010

  • ‘Until The Morning Star' pairs the works of Russian artist Stanislav Plutenko and British artists Bruce Clark and William Foreman with an iconic private collection of Rodin bronzes in the new bigger exhibiting space of the Hay Hill Gallery at 5a Cork Street, London W1
  • The Rodin posthumous bronzes are cast from foundry plasters
  • Exhibition - Monday 1st February – Saturday 27th February 2010
  • ‘Until The Morning Star’ is to be held at the Hay Hill Gallery, 5a Cork Street, Mayfair, W1

Stanislav Plutenko:

The Moscow based artist Stanislav Plutenko was first introduced to the British with a one-man show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1996. But it is in October 2002 that the Hay Hill Gallery organised his second UK exhibition and has been representing his new works to the British public ever since.

His own original method of painting — the mixed technique with use of oil, tempera, acrylic, watercolours, is skilfully supplemented by masterly application of an "air brush" and the finest glazing by transparent paints.

The artist Stanislav Plutenko plays on colour contrasts, his painting is very vigorous, illustrative and imbued through by sarcasm on the reality. In spite of the fact that the characters of his pictures are fattened and absolutely earthly ones, they are always astir - running, fluttering and flying somewhere. Having awkward bodies and unprepossessing faces they feel themselves angels and we are sympathetic towards them with their naiveté. With an identical acuteness he presents images of the people and visual psychological surroundings. In each genre stage with elements of grotesque style we can find the small history of life with symbolical underlying theme. His pictures stimulate in the spectators the scale of feelings, down to the protest, but not the indifference …

Stanislav Plutenko was born in 1961 in Moscow. He drew and painted through his childhood, but as his parents disapproved of his being a painter, he studied in the turbine construction department of Moscow Machine Construction Institute. Although it was after army service, where he was appointed painter in the Officers Club and met many other painters that he became a designer.

He studied at the Academy of the National Economy named after M.Plekhanov and at the same time took private art lessons from the art masters of different work style. From 1981 he worked as a show-window dresser, continuing to study painting in art studios. But it was from 1984 that he started showing his work in exhibitions. In 1988 he worked with «Arbat 48», «Arbat 34», and «Mars» galleries. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Professional Graphic-Artists’ Union. In 1997 he was rewarded with Grand Prix of the «Golden Brush» exhibition.

In 2007 Stanislav Plutenko has received a rank of International Academy of Creative Endeavors. In 2008 he was awarded with an Order of 'Peter The Great' for "his deserts in the development of Russian Culture and Arts". In 2009 he was awarded by a Gold Medal named after N.Sats "for the outstanding creative achievements in the art development".

Plutenko's work has been shown many times over the last years, including the exhibitions in Moscow (from 1988), Stockholm and Helsinki at Interart 89 (1989), Chicago, USA (1990), Ulm, Germany (1991).


  • 1989 «Seppe Gallery», Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1989 «Art Russia», Helsinki, Finland
  • 1991 «Gallery + Keramuk Baltiya» Ulm Donau, Germany
  • 1992 Exhibition in the Artists’ Union’s Central Salon, Ukrainsky Boulevard, Moscow, Russia
  • 1992 "Golden Brush". The Central House of Artists (CHA), Moscow, Russia
  • 1996 Institute of Contemporary Arts, "ICA" Mall, London, UK
  • 1997 "Golden Brush". The Central House of Artists (CHA), Moscow, Russia
  • 1998 «Albatros» gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 1998 Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-98», Moscow, Russia
  • 1999 Moscow International Art Salon «CHA-99», Moscow, Russia
  • 1999-2000 Aspire Gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 2000-2001 «Medici Haus» Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2001 Gallery "Visit", Moscow, Russia
  • 2002 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
  • 2002 Exhibition of "Medici Haus", Tolyatti, Russia
  • 2003 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
  • 2003 Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, Spain
  • 2003 Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel, Moscow, Russia
  • 2003 “Golden Brush” competition, Maliy Manezh, Moscow, Russia
  • 2004 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
  • 2004 The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
  • 2005 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
  • 2005 ‘Extravaganza Moscow 05’, Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel, Moscow
  • 2005 The Central House of Artists supported by the Vizit gallery, Moscow, Russia
  • 2005 ‘ARTMANEG', Manezh, Moscow, Russia
  • 2006 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK
  • 2006 The Biannual Forum of Contemporary Art ‘Art Miami’, Miami, USA
  • 2007 “ARTMANEG”, Manezh, Moscow, Russia
  • 2008-2009 Gallery «Graal», 174 Bd de la République, Agen, France
  • 2009 Hay Hill Gallery, London, UK

Bruce Clark:

Bruce Clark was born in London in 1937. He studied painting and sculpture at one of the most famous of English Art Schools, the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham. He gained his initial qualification there in 1960 working under artists who had gained or were about to gain international reputations, including the young Howard Hodgkin. He also holds a Diploma in Art Education and was later awarded a Master of Arts degree by the University of Kent. Having held several teaching and lecturing posts from 1960 onwards he decided in 1996 to paint full-time. Throughout the past five decades his work has been widely shown in the U.K., France and North America. He has been included in publications such as 'Who's Who in Art', the 'Dictionary of International Biography' and 'Artists in Britain since 1945', and has written a number of research papers.

Throughout his long painting career Bruce Clark has constantly experimented within a wide range of styles and techniques, both abstract and figurative. A common thread in much of the work has been a strong landscape element, the favoured locations both real and imagined often being lonely, desolate and mysterious places. Other themes have been inspired by literature, mythology, genealogy, architecture and also the simple geometry to be found within a wide variety of artefacts. Hard edge techniques have been employed where appropriate alongside more painterly methods on other occasions. There has been no single approach, no set formula, but there has been a general move towards simplification and clarification. Extensive travels have been influential, especially in Scandinavia, U.S.A. and Japan. Bruce Clark has also had poetry published in various magazines and anthologies and won an Itoen award for a haiku in English. (Tokyo 1994 ).

1961 - Chiltern Gallery, London, W1
1962 - Chiltern Gallery, London, W1
1967 - Compendium Galleries, Birmingham
1968 - Worcester City Art Gallery
1985 - Graphics Gallery, University of Kent
1990 - One Off Gallery, Dover
1991 - Channel Gallery, Folkestone
1994 - Tabor Gallery, Canterbury
2000 - Cathedral Gallery, Canterbury
2002 - Metropole Galleries, Folkestone
2006 - Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable

1960 - Walkers Gallery, London, W1
1960 - Woodstock Gallery,  London, W1
1961 - Kootenay Gallery, Canada
1961 - Assembly House, Norwich
1962 - Art and Crafts Centre, Port Alberni,  Canada
1962 - Festival de Provence, France
1963 - Minotaur Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1963 - Calgary Arts Council, Canada
1970 - Piccadilly Gallery, London, W1
1976 - Royal Museum, Canterbury
1977 - Design Works, Canterbury
1980 - Nevill Gallery, Canterbury
1982 - Church of St. James, Elmsted, Kent
1990 - Philip Maslem Galleries, Canterbury
1991 - Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone
1993 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1994 - Kent County Art Fair, Bromley Civic Centre
1994 - Celebration 94, Inauguration of the Channel Tunnel
1995 - West End Business Centre, London, W1 (c/o Raw Gallery)
1996 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1997 - Rowley Gallery, London, W1
1999 - Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2000 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2000 - Cambridge Contemporary Arts
2003 - Rye Art Gallery, Sussex
2006 - DacArt Gallery, Nice, France
2007 - Stark Gallery, Canterbury
2009 - Cambridge Galleries

William Foreman:

One of the most well-known contemporary landscape painters, who has been exhibiting regularly from 1961, Foreman was entirely self-taught.  He began painting, whilst stationed on Gibraltar in the RAF; he received encouragement from the Scottish artist Ian McNab, who told him he had potential. Foreman with the backing of his wife Lesley resigned from the RAF and began to paint professionally, although he worked on a farm in Cambridgeshire to pay the bills and joined the Cambridgeshire Drawing Society.  His initial works were watercolours, although Foreman was using tubes of watercolour paint as you would oil.  McNab suggested his technique was more suited to oils and he has continued to work in oils to this day.

It was after a successful one man show in Ipswich, that Foreman and his family, (with a son and two daughters by now), decided to become a full time artist and they moved to Aberdeenshire, where they still live.  It was also at this time, that Foreman first started painting in France, at the foot of the Pyrenees.  He continues to return to France two or three times a year to paint.  It was while he was painting in a field, that a Parisian dealer Monsieur Daninos with seven galleries, stopped to see his work, and Foreman subsequently had exhibitions in Paris for the next seven years.  Foreman then introduced himself to the Richmond Gallery on Cork Street, where he stayed for 11 years until it closed.  He was then taken up by Patricia Herrod of Bruton Street Gallery, where he stayed until the gallery closed.

Being self-taught Foreman was constantly visiting galleries, reading books on art and studying other artists’ styles and techniques, and he gravitated towards being influenced by the work of Sisley and Monet.  Foreman, has always used a very limited colour palette, as he feels he can achieve enough variety and freshness with, as can be seen in his work.  The colours he uses include Cadmium Red, Prussian Blue, Coeruleum Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre and lots of Titanium White.

He has exhibited his works world wide including exhibitions in galleries in Chicago, New York, Palm Beach USA and France.  His Paintings are to be found in many private collections in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States of America, Canada, the Middle East, Singapore, the Far East, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and Japan.

1961 First Exhibition at Calpe Institute, Gibraltar
1963 Became member of Cambridge Drawing Society
1965 Paintings accepted for the British Arts council Exhibition
1966 Exhibition at the King Street Gallery, Cambridge
1971 Galerie Daninos in Paris started exhibiting his work on a permanent basis in the following Paris Galleries: Galerie Daninos, Galerie Pierre Charron, Galerie Elysée, Galerie Caravelle, Galerie Artissima
1974 One-man Exhibition at Coullomier, outside Paris
1975 One-man Exhibition at Kellie Castle, Arbroath
1976 One-man Exhibition at the Haste Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
1978,80 & 81 One-man Exhibitions, Aberdeen
1982 - 1993 Annual One-man Exhibitions at The Richmond Gallery, London
1988 Richmond Gallery, New York
1989 Jonathon Poole Gallery, Woodstock, Oxford
1991 Bodellwydan Castle, Clywd
1994 - 2001 The Bruton Street Gallery, London
2000 Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach, Chicago, East Hampton & New York
2000 Publication of major catalogue raisonné
2001 Wally Findlay One-man Exhibition, New York
2002 The Bruton Street Gallery, London
2003 The Catto Gallery, London
2003 Wally Findlay, New York, Palm Beach
2004 AECC, Aberdeen
2005 Wally Findlay, New York, Palm Beach
2005-2006 The Eaton Gallery, Duke St. St James, London
2007 The Oakham Gallery, Bury Street, St James, London
2007 AECC, Aberdeen
2008 Gallery 27, Cork Street, Mayfair, London

“To know the work of William Foreman is to understand the difference between representation and revelation. Many artists have the ability to represent a landscape to faithfully portray the vision before them, often with photographic clarity. However, few artists are able to include their spiritual and psychological responses to that landscape in that same depiction. Fewer still have the talent necessary to communicate the metaphysical sub text to a wider audience. William Foreman belongs to the select few.” Simon Corbin, Author and Critic.

“William Foreman is an exceptionally gifted painter. His masterly handling of reflections and water reveal the same deep feelings for composition as Sisley and Pissarro. Foreman’s bold luminous landscapes are fresh and uninhabited, yet hark back to the great age of French landscape painting in the 1870’s.” John Molony, Former chief executive of the Federation of British Art.

“We collect traditional British paintings by artists like William Foreman he paints wonderful landscapes in the impressionist style, he works solely with a painting knife, Anna keeps saying to me stop buying, We’ve got enough”. Brian and Anna Haughton, Dealers in antique ceramics, and organizers of Haughton International Art and Antiques Fairs

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