11-year-old sells paintings for £1.5m

Kieron Williamson, dubbed a Mini-Monet, started painting watercolours at 6

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An 11-year-old’s paintings have become sought after around the world and fetched £1.5m last year.

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Kieron Williamson from Norfolk has become known as ‘Mini-Monet’ after his impressionist landscapes started selling for up to £35,000 each.

At one exhibition last year, he earned £250,000 in just 20 minutes.

It all started in 2008 when Kieron, then 5, started drawing boats on a family holiday to Cornwall.

Soon after Kieron asked for help with putting paintings together and his parents Michelle and Keith enlisted the help of their local galleries and artists.

Michelle said: “From day one, Kieron showed an instinctive ability to mix colour. He loves trying different media, watercolour, acrylics and more recently oils. Kieron has always insisted on good quality adult art materials. He’s never been happy with poster paints!”

Then, when Kieron was 6, he started attending an adult’s evening watercolour course. The same year, Kieron advertised in the local newspaper offering Pet Portraits to raise pocket money.

He started exhibiting in local galleries and has since become a global phenomenon.

See if you can tell the difference between Kieron and Monet’s work here.

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