Whilst on holiday in Norfolk the local media started to buzz about Kieron Williamson, the local boy whose paintings displayed in an exhibition of local artist's work, had sold out within 30 minutes of the exhibition opening - the story subsequently went nationwide. As we were staying half an hour away from Holt where the exhibition was taking place, we decided to go along and see why his work was in such demand and creating such a fuss. The expectation was that we would see exceptional, childlike paintings, after all he is only seven. I think it was fair to say we were all taken aback (and had to check the signature several times to make sure) that a boy of seven could paint so extraordinarily well and could understand immediately why all of his work had sold out at speed. It's fair to say that the stir and buying frenzy was mainly generated by Kieron's age and people were investing partly in the hope that a glittering career awaits him and substantial profits them. Whether painting will remain a passion for Kieron and he will continue in forthcoming years is yet to be seen, but he is an immensely talented boy and it'll be fascinating to see how his work develops from here.
Also, is there a square inch of space left on the walls of his family home or is the whole house covered in his artwork? Or do his parents rarely get a look-in these days as he prepares for exhibitions and sales? I'm a fairly standard delusional mother dewy-eyed supporter when it comes to my son's creativity, with his artwork blu-tacked up or in some cases framed about our home, but how far would that all go if he showed real* talent.
*recognised by somebody slightly less partial