Paul Kenton

Glowing Empire by Paul Kenton
London Lit Up by Paul Kenton
The Fast Lane by Paul Kenton
Jazz Hands by Paul Kenton
Chez Francis by Paul Kenton
Paris After Dark by Paul Kenton
Final Flurry by Paul Kenton
Late Afternoon Westminster by Paul Kenton
City Nights by Paul Kenton
Houses Of Parliament by Paul Kenton
New York, New York by Paul Kenton
South Of The River by Paul Kenton
Rule Britannia by Paul Kenton
Millennium Skyline by Paul Kenton
Paul Kenton likes to capture the very essence of life, point of contact human emotion and sense of belonging, in relation to a given time or place. Take for example his description of a recent work of art of his from 2012, entitled; Best of Britain, where he eulogises about the advent of the Queenís Jubilee, and the bearing it had on his capture of the afore-mentioned piece. Kenton talks openly of this piece needing to capture the unique atmosphere and mood that he witnessed first hand in London in June 2012, amid the pomp and splendour of the royal celebrations; in the artistís own words; ďThat weekend the city was alive and buzzing, full of patriotic sprit and energy. I walked the banks of the Thames the day before the river pageant and this piece is based on my photos and sketches from that morningĒ. Itís this insistence on being at the very epicentre of a live event or occurrence that really encapsulates his most visceral compositions.

When the subject of influences is broached, Kenton doesnít hesitate to cite Monetís early work as chief among them, and thereís clearly an allusion to Monet in the freedom of expression in his most noteworthy works. Kenton speaks at length on his desire to accurately represent light through his collective works, and heís known to paint similar scenes at different times of day, from a dewy dawn on an awakening River Thames to a balmy, visually decadent Parisian dusk.

A composed, comfortable every day family life ensure that Kenton remains grounded and capable of producing his best work, and champions the inspiring breaks of day in his now native North Devon as affording him the zeal and peace of mind required to deliver the quality, depth and volume of work that heís known for. Summarising his typical day, Kenton admits to being an early riser so as to extract the most from what he considers the best part of any day. Early swims and dog walks are believed to be the prescribed method by which to achieve the optimum creativity. And this mantra is hard to argue with. And if time allows, Kenton also likes to embrace the surf, something heís enjoyed since a teenager and another pre-cursor to creativity. This is all a far cry from Kentonís birthplace of Derby, however when eight years of age his family made the geographical shift to the West Country for a fresh start; and one which very much shaped Kentonís formative years.

Harking back to his formative years, and at the grand old age of 12, Kenton won his first accolade as a contemporary artist, securing first place in a nationwide colouring competition. Kentonís love for watercolours propelled him through his teens, and led him to wanting to study art after completing his schooling. Despite craving a higher education in art, unfortunately Kentonís English grades let him down, so he instead went down the route of Engineering; in which he gained a Bachelorís degree from Stafford University, and which then channelled him in the direction of technical drawing and draughtsmanship. A grounding in which you can see more than the occasional traces of in certain elements of his work to date.

From his compact studio situated in what used to be a railway building in Woolacombe in North Devon, Kenton escapes reality and sets about creating his sublime pieces that have gained him far-ranging acknowledgement and created quite the buzz in the contemporary world of fine art.

Thereís an almost innocent pen and ink-like, cross hatching quality that runs through the body of Kentonís back catalogue of work, dovetailed into a wild abandon of colouration that infuses new life in London, Paris and New Yorkís instantly recognisable cityscapes. Which sounds at odds, but then trying to describe to someone what a Kenton work of art looks like, is virtually impossible. Thatís down to the artistís ability to reinvent the way art fans and collectors view art in principle, and throw together so many differing mediums and styles. Innovation, a fluidity of movement and an ever-changing cityscape being the singular goal should Kenton be put on the spot. Quite literally, thrown together as well, in light of Kentonís tried and tested starting point for his paintings that see him drip and splatter his blank canvas with the outline of his study, before turning his attention to that trademark detailing. Thereís an incoherent, messy feel that overlays a structure and clinical-ness that recalls all that Kenton probably learned on a (very technical) drawing board after he graduated from university. Thatís because he went on to work as a draughtsman for a while before he bit the bullet and decided to go solo as a professional artist in 1995, after receiving a grant from the Princes Youth Business Trust.

Working predominantly in acrylic and oils Kenton took inspiration from his world wide travels; the cityscapes, cafes, harbours, bridges and seascapes, and ensured that he documented each and every vista with photographs and thumbnail sketches, as well as scrawling words and phrases which he hoped would communicate back to him the design language he wished to commit to that future canvas when a distance away.

During the past decade, Kentonís style has evolved to encompass this free-flowing, constantly changing shape and visual sound, a fusion of mixed medias that capture and lock in the essence of a location. When pressed on how these mixed media converge, Kenton remains tight-lipped, claiming that itís a trade secret. The one thing he does elaborate on is as rumoured, one of the artistís most notorious tools for utilised for the administration of his oils and acrylics, is, believe it or not, the screwdriver. This embodies Kentonís raw, unique and evolutionary approach to fine art.

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