24 March 2012
Last updated at 10:42
Norfolk child painting prodigy Kieron Williamson is to host a retrospective art exhibition in July at the age of just nine. The "mini Monet" will showcase his first ever paintings at Holt Festival and hold a sale of his latest work, including this painting of Cley Mill.
The first two landscape pictures that Kieron ever created at the age of five will also be displayed at the exhibition. This double-page drawing of Gillan in Cornwall he created in May 2008, along with another of the same scene on a pad his parents bought from the Eden Project.
"I remember asking mum and dad to buy me a drawing pad, but I don’t remember why, other than that I wanted to draw the small bay which we visited each evening at Gillan," said Kieron.
Kieron, who grew up in Holt in north Norfolk, shot to fame at the age of seven in 2010 when his first major art exhibition in the town fetched £150,000 in 30 minutes. Since then he has featured on TV stations around the world and been part of a British documentary about child geniuses.
Over the years many journalists have questioned Kieron's unique ability to produce professional art at such a young age. Unseen sketches and paintings he produced while the media watched will also be showcased at Picturecraft Gallery. This sketch of Pont Alexandre III in Paris was done while Kieron was watching TV.
This painting - Marsh harrier hunting - will form part of 24 new artworks that will be sold in the summer. Kieron regularly paints in oils, pastels and watercolours, but many of them are simply sketched from photographs. "I get dad to take the photos, he seems to know exactly what I’m looking for," said Kieron.
"The weir at Wensum is another favourite location to paint. Tony Garner [Norfolk landscape artist] first loaned me a photograph of a weir, and I enjoy trying to get a sense of the water moving," said Kieron.
Kieron gained an interest in art through his father Keith who became a dealer in 2007. The family recently moved to Ludham in the Norfolk Broads after deciding to put Kieron's fortune into property. A cut of Kieron's art sales also go to local charities including Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
At Holt Festival, Kieron will launch his first book - Coming to Light - which details his journey in art so far.
Kieron's art exhibition will take place from 20 to 25 July. "Because Kieron has progressed so far in the last four years we wanted to celebrate his earlier work, because there's such a level of maturity to his paintings now," said Michelle Williamson.