Kieron Williamson, tells his art story in a new book
Norfolk and Suffolk has attracted some of the finest artists in the land over the centuries and continues to do so. Would they approve of a leading member of the next generation of painters?
His paintings sell like hot cakes and are admired and desired by collectors across the world, but how much do we know about young Kieron Williamson? What makes him pick up his brush? What inspires him?
Now he tells us in a beautiful book featuring, not only his stunning new works, but also his thoughts behind his pictures and explainations about what motivates him to paint the countryside and the people who make a living from it.
He is a young man, still only 16, with a mature and responsible outlook and he has – thanks to his family and friends – kept his feet well and truly on the ground.
Fame and fortune is often tough to handle at any age, but while still a boy it must be more far difficult. He needs a good family and friends.
An illustration of how Kieron appreciates those around him makes up a page in this new book. It is called simply, ‘Acknowledgements’ and he thanks numerous people who have helped him and offered words of encouragement.
And that includes local farmers who have allowed him on to their land and to many people across Norfolk and Cornwall.
“Scarcely a day goes by when I don’t paint, think about painting, or scan the landscape around me searching for the next painting,” says Kieron.
“All this remains possible because of the support and encouragement that my parents and my younger sister still offer me unconditionally,” he adds.
The words and pictures complement each other so well in this new offering and give us a real insight into what makes this talented young man tick.
It was 10 years ago when we first got to hear about Kieron. He was just six when his work went on show ... and life was never the same again for the Williamson family.
In 2009, 16 of his paintings made up an exhibition and sold within a quarter of an hour. In more recent times a BBC documentary called “Mini Monet Millionaire” focussed
more attention on this young man, his age and his wealth.
Now, in this book, we learn far more about Kieron the person, his life and times, home tutoring and his thoughts on the future.
The paintings are of Norfolk and Cornwall – two parts of the country he loves with a raw passion.
“I am lucky enough to be surrounded by landscapes and scenery that give me such a burning desire in paint them. From the charming historical market town of Holt, with its beautiful High Street and church, to the marshes full of cattle, the Norfolk Broads scattered with sails at Ludham and to the patchwork of fields or barnyards,” says Kieron.
He has spent summers in Cornwall and winters in Norfolk – two very different places but both are inspirational for the young artist. Mousehole is one of his favourite places to paint and his work brings the Cornish landscape alive.
“With Norfolk being my home county there is undoubtedly a bond with the landscape I have grown up with. The skies are unbeatable and my paintings are all influenced by the sky,” he writes.
One of my favourite pictures in the book is the one with a famous Norfolk character who invited him to watch him reed cutting, the late Eric Edwards. “He was a lovely person and great character,” says Kieron.
I knew Eric and he would have loved the painting.
The young artist tells how two of our great painters – Sir Alfred Munnings of Suffolk and Norfolk’s Edward Seago – have inspired him and I like to think they would have loved his work.
“My most memorable outings are the freezing cold frosty mornings. I generally wake up at about 7am in the winter to paint the sunrise, only usually a walk or short bike
Scarcely a day goes by when I don’t paint, think about painting, or scan the landscape around me searching for the next painting.
Teen art sensation Kieron Williamson, who has given two copies of his new book, My Chosen Path, for a Let’s Talk competition.