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6 October – 8 November 2003

The Hay Hill Gallery introduces artworks by the contemporary artists of Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. All these artists work in radically different styles, but their commitment to academic traditions unites them.

Stanislav Plutenko is a contemporary Russian artist who was first introduced to the British public in 1996 at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). One year ago the Hay Hill Gallery held an exhibition of Plutenko’s work, which was a success. This October the Hay Hill Gallery presents the new remarkable collection of the artist’s paintings.

Plutenko’s own original method of painting is the mixed technique with use of oil, tempera, acrylic, and watercolours, is skilfully supplemented by masterly application of an airbrush and the finest glazing by transparent paints. Stanislav Plutenko’s works are very vigorous, illustrative and often imbued through by sarcasm on the reality. In each genre stage with elements of grotesque style we can find the small life story with symbolical underlying theme. His pictures stimulate in the spectators the scale of feelings, down to the protest, but not the indifference.

New works reveal the latest development in the Plutenko’s artistic manner of interpretation and his attitude to the surrounding world. Now the artist tends to philosophise on different life issues, such as the relationship between a man and a woman, past, present and future. In his paintings, Stanislav reflects the inner emotional state of the characters. One of the principal subjects of Plutenko’s work is the endeavour of gaining and sustaining the spiritual balance.

Stanislav Plutenko was born in 1961 in Moscow, Russia. He drew and painted through childhood, but with parents who disapproved of his being a painter, studied in the turbine construction department of Moscow Machine Construction Institute. After army service, where he was appointed painter in the Officers Club and met many other painters, he became a designer. Stanislav studied at the Academy of the National Economy and at the same time took private art lessons from the art masters of different work style. Since 1984 he has participated in exhibitions. 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.

Plutenko's work has been shown many times over the last fifteen years, including the exhibitions in the UK, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the USA, Germany, and Spain. His paintings are held in numerous private collections all over the world.

In 1996 The Sunday Times wrote that ‘the Plutenko oeuvre is a portfolio of glossy, magical fantasy by an artist who knows he can call for attention by means of his bizarre images that sometimes suggest Dali, and then by the sheer power of drawing and painting technique.’


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