7-Year-Old 'Mini Monet' Sells His Art for $240K

Hue and cry over new prodigy
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 4:08 AM CDT

He has the touch of an Impressionist master but he prefers Gameboys to waistcoats. And he's only been painting a couple of years because he recently turned 7. But Kieron Williamson, known in the British press as "Mini Monet," is enjoying the buzz of an established artist because he just sold 33 of his paintings for a whopping $240,000—in just 30 minutes—to customers who traveled to England from as far away as South Africa. Some camped outside the gallery door for two days, reports ABC News.

Williamson, who's been fascinated with art since he was very young, creates works that are "impressionist without being abstract and realistic without being photographic," says gallery owner Adrian Hill, who sold his work. "There are many talented artists out there, but I can't think of one that's made such an impact at such a young age." As for Kieron, he attributes the beauty in his painting to his Norfolk surroundings. He likes the landscapes of his home because "they've got big Norfolk skies and not too many hills or mountains."
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