By LUCY CLAPHAM
Friday, November 11, 2011
A nine-year-old painting prodigy has another £105,000 in the bank after his latest crop of works sold in just 10-and-a-half minutes this morning.
The youngster, dubbed “mini Monet”, was at Picturecraft Gallery at Lees Yard in Holt with his family for his third sale, which attracted local and overseas buyers.
Crowds were expected outside the doors once more in order to be the first in when the exhibition opened at 9am.
But only one person, working for a Manchester collector, camped overnight.
By 8.45am, however, a crowd had gathered, and once the doors were opened the gallery was also descended upon by national and international media, waiting to see who would be the first to buy one of the 12 works.
Kieron’s father Keith, 45, said it was nice to see that people were still interested in his son’s work.
He said: “With the current economic climate, we are just so grateful that people are even interested because you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Adrian Hill, managing director of the gallery, said: “It’s amazing this international demand. It’s incredible to think he started so young and to have a sell-out exhibition too - that’s a remarkable achievement.”
The 12 artworks all sold for four- and five-figure sums, with the best being saved until last - £15,595 for a painting of a mosque in Istanbul in Turkey.
The sale marked the schoolboy’s long-awaited return to his former home town. His family has moved to Ludham, buying a house with the £150,000 he made at his previous Holt sale in July 2010.
Kieron caught the art bug on a West Country family holiday in 2008, and when some of his works were sold during a festival in his then home town Holt, things started taking off.
At the last exhibition, his 33 paintings sold in 30 minutes with a number of people – including a couple from South Africa and four from the US – camping in a queue outside for two nights to be sure of a painting.
Today, the 12 paintings, priced from about £1,000 to £15,000, included two views of St Benet’s Abbey, one in watercolour and one in pastel, a scene of Broadland mist and one of a boat tacking on the river near Thurne.