Sunday, January 31, 2010

Child Prodigy


Kieron Williamson is a seven-year-old in the UK who is becoming known for his paintings. In this link, he’s the subject of a Reuters news feature.

This kid makes me feel like a late bloomer. I didn’t do a lot of drawing until I was around 13, It wasn’t until about then I was starting to think about being an artist. I didn’t really get into oil painting and professional work until I was about 20. The blessing of those teenage years was that art was a private passion, something completely disconnected from commerce and recognition. I find that in my professional life I feed on those teenage years of drawing just for the love of it.

But I think young Kieron will do well. Both he and his dad seem to have their feet on the ground.

Photo and article at Lost at E Minor

Thanks, Dan, Mr. Kindergarten!

14 comments:

Don Cox said...

I was drawing and painting from six onward, but not nearly as well as the boy in the picture. Early development in art seems to be much rarer than in music.

GooGoo Supreme said...

my elementary school was geared towards the arts, and there were definatly a few child prodiges there, it was kind of eerie to watch these children put together complete works of art at an incredibly difficult level...

also, i'm very excited about the huge dinotopia art show in delaware next weekend its going to be amazing, and i've talked to lester from the fantasy workshop in woodstock and he's going too!

and looking forward to my second symester at the "gurney school of art" on sunday with the water pencil class!! cant wait!!

Peter Underhill said...

Living here in the UK, I've read several articles about this young man.
Sure he's talented and I wish him all the success in the world. I read that at one of his exhibitions run by a local gallery that has taken him under their wing, all pieces sold and a further nine hundred orders were taken for additional works not yet produced. I can't help feeling he's going to be taken advantage of. Would it be cynical to suggest that his own personal development path will be tainted by market forces? I fear he might not be afforded the journey of self discovery' afforded by anonymity.
I hope someone's looking out for him.

Gordon Napier said...

He's advanced for his age, no doubt, but even with my British bias I can't say he's a prodigy to compare to Akiane. http://www.artakiane.com/home.html

David Patel said...

child prodigies always make me feel like crap hha. i didnt start till my freshman year in high school!

Stari said...

wow! that's so awesome!... ness
now only if i was prodigy- in anything
but that i think that role is taken by my two friends ^-^

Mario said...

I think there is little to no relationship between child prodigies and good artists, except perhaps in music. Usually good artists were talented children, of course, and that young boy is definitely talented (like many other boys and girls, anyway). But I'm quite sure all the mess around him doesn't help him much: how can he improve if they keep on telling him he's a genius and he's going to become a new Picasso?

Pete said...

The kid is incredible, but you have to hope he doesn't burn out. When I was in 6-8th grade we had a "special art" program where certain kids were picked to do advanced projects like oil painting a still life or studying abstract art. Most of us still have some artistic outlet and it was a wonderful experience.

Johan Derycke said...

Late bloomer at 13 eh... I only started at 33 o_O

It's kind of a lottery... some people may be very good at tennis but they will never find out...

Patrick Dizon said...

I think this is the first time I've seen a "child prodigy" doing realism.

Don Cox said...

The difference between this boy and Akiane is that her pictures are truly repulsive, and it is unlikely she will ever produce anything better. Kieron's pictures are a good basis for further development. In a year or two, he could be making very good drawings.

Jussi Tarvainen said...

A late bloomer... hmm. I'm 27 and I really got into drawing only 2 years ago heh hee. And I bet there are people who are going to top mine off with decades:) Go kiddo!

Claire said...

Very good work, I'm just starting on painting (@27yrs)! ... I do wonder if he has done any figure studies yet? Is he just a prodigy with landscapes? ...or the whole 9 yards? He'll be interesting to watch!
Side note:
I do worry about kids developing anxiety early when feeling they have to do well all the time... I hope he is given room to make mistakes and grow with his own ideas... that's what makes art fun to create!
His dad does seem "with it" though... ;)

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