Painting prodigy, 8, is art world star

HE’S Britain’s most talked-about young artist.

His paintings fetch hefty sums and there’s a long waiting list for his eagerly anticipated new works.

It has all happened so quickly – he’s still getting used to the spotlight – and Kieron Williamson fidgets a little when he’s asked to share his thoughts on art.

“Cows are the easiest thing to paint,” said Kieron, who has just turned 8. “You don’t have to worry about doing so much detail.”

Paintbrush prodigy Kieron – dubbed “mini Monet” by the British press – is a global sensation. All 33 of the pastels, watercolors and oil paintings in his latest exhibition sold, within half-an-hour, for a total of £150,000 (€180,000).

Buyers from as far away as the US lined up overnight outside his local Norfolk gallery, and there is a 3,000-strong waiting list for his impressionistic landscapes of estuaries and wide marshland skies.

Kieron shrugs off the attention. “It feels normal to me,” he says.

It definitely doesn’t feel normal to his parents, Keith and Michelle Williamson. They are bemused, proud and a little anxious about their son’s talent and its effects.

His parents are happy for people to watch him work – it disproves any suspicions that the paintings are not his own.

The gallery is offering two new landscapes – Kieron’s last work as a 7-year-old and his first as an 8-year-old – by an online auction that closes August 20. A new exhibition is planned for next summer.

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