Nine-Year-Old Norfolk Art Genius Sells $386,000 of Artwork in Minutes

The youngster artist is on his way to becoming a millionaire after selling his collection of 24 paintings for $386,000.

Kieron Williamson, who was nicknamed ‘Mini Monet’, is about to stage his first ever exhibition. Photo: Socyberty

A nine-year-old artist demonstrated his talent during a family trip to Devon and Cornwall in 2008 – before then the boy had just colored in pictures of dinosaurs his parents had drawn for him.

However, four years later Kieron has become an international art sensation after some of his masterpieces have been bought for tens of thousands of pounds.

The pieces sold recently included two landscapes went at the price of £34,950 each while even small pastels which took him just a few minutes to paint sold for between £6,000 and £7,000.

Williamson’s paintings first went for sale in the summer of 2009 when 19 of the boy’s works were sold for £14,000 in a sealed bid auction, writes The Daily Mail.

In a few months 16 of Mini Monet’s paintings were up snapped for £17,000 in just 14 minutes in his second exhibition at the Picturecraft gallery.

The youngster earned £106,260 last fall when an exhibition of a dozen paintings was bought in just ten minutes and 50 seconds.

The artist’s mother, Mrs Williamson has written a book revealing her son’s astonishing rise to fame in the art world, called ‘Kieron Williamson Coming to Light – The Remarkable Story of a Child’s Gift to Painting’.

She said of the book: “His paintings are continuing to progress and improve – but he is still a normal boy. The critics are now accepting that his art has moved on from that of a naive child and he is now being compared to his adult peers.”

She went on, adding: “He is not quite as prolific as he used to be because he is busy with his homework and is in the school football team. He makes sure that he has time for all the other things he enjoys.”

“He no longer gets up at 6am and knocks out a painting before school. He would rather watch TV and play about – but he still loves painting and does two or three a week.”

To celebrate the transition from childish naive works to the paintings of an accomplished artist, the Picturecraft Gallery is also hosting a retrospective exhibition of his work from July 20 to August 8, reports Norwich Evening News 24.

Mrs Williamson said: “We wanted to reduce the stress of a frantic crowd on the opening day so released 24 of the paintings for sale on Friday, June 29.”

A further 10 paintings which will display about 100 of Kieron’s works from the age of five up to the present will go on sale.

Mr Williamson, an art dealer, explained: “One painting that won’t be for sale is a study of the late reedcutter Eric Edwards who took us out on the marshes with him in February.”

Meanwhile the young and successful artist, worshipped by his eight-year-old sister Billie-Jo – “She is in such awe of him, there is not a jealous bone in her body” – remains reassuringly grounded.

Kieron still enjoys normal nine-year-old activities and is proud to play for the school football team and plans to draw a set of new figures.

He said: “I would like to go to other countries to paint and experience different lights; I want to explore Norfolk, Cornwall and Scotland a bit more.”

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