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Child Prodigy Artist Kieron Williamson

Updated on July 13, 2012
9 year old Kieron Williamson
9 year old Kieron Williamson | Source

As someone who last studied art at school many moons ago, it is easy to appreciate real talent when it is displayed.

Child prodigy Kieron Williamson has an incredible artistic talent and at his last exhibition, all his works sold out within minutes.

Born on August 4th 2002, at the time of writing this, Kieron is just 9 years old!

Now, when Kieron gets out his canvas and paints to capture a landscape scene, crowds are quickly drawn around him, mouths agape at watching this young genius quickly transform a blank canvas into a masterpiece.

His family have bought a new home on the Norfolk Broads with some of his earnings, with the house being put in his name only when he turns 21.

His mother, Michelle, is now his manager although she still works her day job as a nutritional therapist, while his father, Keith, a former builder and electrician now works as an art dealer, having had to give up his former work through injury.

He also has a little sister Billie Jo, who doesn't seem to mind her big brother's fame, and has no wish to follow in his footsteps.

Such is Kieron Williamson's popularity, there are now 6,500 people from all over the world on the waiting list for one of his paintings.

Have a look below at some of the amazing creations he has painted using water colors.

Sold for £17,495 ($27,070)

"Slaithe Road in Winter" by Kieron Williamson
"Slaithe Road in Winter" by Kieron Williamson | Source

ITN News Report of Kieron Williamson art exhibition

London's Victoria Embankment by Kieron Williamson
London's Victoria Embankment by Kieron Williamson | Source
an original Kieron Williamson painting
an original Kieron Williamson painting | Source

Kieron Williamson is just a normal young man with an extraordinary talent. It takes him just an hour to produce each of his wonderful paintings.

The first his family knew that he had this amazing ability was when he was just 5 years old, on vacation at the seaside in Cornwall, when he asked his parents for some paper and pens to draw some boats in the harbour.

By the end of that holiday, he had graduated to painting landscape, and his parents knew they had a prodigy on their hands.

On return home they enrolled him in art classes which he still attends.

Only now, his teacher admits he has nothing left to teach him!

His mother Michelle has written his biogaphy, Coming to Light, which will be released this summer, round about the same time as his latest exhibition which will be held at the Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, from July 20 to August 8, 2012.

This was painted when Kieron was just 6 years old
This was painted when Kieron was just 6 years old | Source

Kieron has also taken to collecting art-work, just like his Dad.

Occasionally he will spot an original work of art on eBay and plead with his father to be allowed to buy it.

Dad Keith believes that his art collection will rise in value over time, so even if Keiron does not make the grade as an adult painter, he will have his art work to fall back on.

Keith also believes that by collecting art instead of putting his money in a bank, that when he reaches an age when he is old enough to handle money, he will not find it to easy to blow the money as young adults are prone to doing.

Instead, he will have to get each work of art valued before it can be sold, thus making impromptu cash withdrawals almost impossible.

At Kieron's second public art exhibition in 2009, all his paintings sold inside 15 minutes, raising £18,200 ($30,000).

His third exhibition in 2010 raised a whopping £150,000 ($240,000).

ABC News story on Kieron Williamson

In July, 2012, young Kieron is set to become a millionaire after selling his latest collection of 24 paintings for an incredible £250,000 ($498,579).

It took just 15 minutes for buyers from around the world to snap them up.

Another 10 paintings are expected to sell at his upcoming exhibition.

He has his feet firmly on the ground, with the money being invested in a trust fund (by his parents) which he will not be able to touch until he comes of age.

Kieron is just a normal schoolboy, who enjoys nothing better than a game of football with his friends.

He now only paints when he has the time, and when he feels like it, but can still produce up to 3 of his magnificent paintings per week.

Kieron Williamson, age 9, painting
Kieron Williamson, age 9, painting | Source


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    • Isabel Melville profile image

      Isabel Melville 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Is that what it is? I'm no artist, I just appreciate good art and this kid is amazing!

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      Bazmak 4 years ago from Michigan

      What a great understanding of light this kid possesses.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I hope you will write a review of Michelle's biography on HP when the time comes. Not only will the biographical info about Kieron be interesting, but I think there's a lot to be looked into about how children are or are not encouraged, by the adults and social systems around them, to express themselves.

      I'm thinking of Betty Edwards's book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, where she proposes that children have enormous inherent visual abilities that they can express and develop artistically up to a certain time in their lives, the time where puberty sets in. Some will continue, others won't. It's got everything to do with encouragement (or lack of), peer pressure, and probably (although she doesn't say exactly this), the chemical changes that accompany the journey from childhood to adulthood.

      Anyway, thanks again for bringing this young artist to our attention. :)

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      It's coming out next week, I think. I see Amazon has listed it as out of print. I put in the capsule in anyway, so the when it comes in, it will be available to buy. I want a copy too, lol, what an incredible talent this wee boy has!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wow! I'm going to keep my eye out for his mother's upcoming book. I'm sure this young man will be studied by many for a long time. Thanks so much for sharing. I don't know that I'd have found about him any other way. :)

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Thanks and I am happy to become yet another small cog in the wheel that spreads the news of this little boy's fantastic talent. He is quite incredible!

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Absolutely amazing and I would give almost anything to paint like he does...! Incredible!! Thank you so much for sharing his story with us...great hub! Riveting...

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      Isabel Melville 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Isn't he amazing? When I read about him, I just had to write about him - a name we will no doubt hear a lot more of in the future!

      Thanks for letting me know about that video, I just took it off.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Wow, he is awesome. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. Up, and all!

      The second video wouldn't play for me.