Paul’s style has evolved into a free-flowing fusion of various media, capturing the essence of the location, creating an atmosphere with free shapes, dripped lines and colour.
History and Background
A pivotal moment in the young Paul Kenton’s life was a move from his birth place in Derby to the West Country when he was eight years old. As a teenager he learnt to surf on the wild beaches of North Devon. Now settled in Ilfracombe with his Brazilian partner, Alexandra and two young daughters, Paul still surfs when he’s not in the studio or enjoying the hectic pandemonium of family life.
Paul showed an interest in painting from an early age; while others wanted to be doctors or pilots he clearly remembers telling a friend that he wanted to be an artist. This was cemented when, at the tender age of twelve, he won a national colouring competition - winning a prized set of paints. He continued to draw and paint all through school becoming proficient in watercolour but was disappointed not to be awarded a place at art college due to his English grades.
In 1995, supported by a grant from the Princes Youth Business Trust, he took the plunge and started to paint full-time and began exhibiting. Working in acrylic and oils he took inspiration from his worldwide travels; the cityscapes, cafes, harbours, bridges and seascapes.
Ideas and Inspirations
Like the impressionist paintings before him, Kenton strives for his paintings to create a mood, evoke a feeling or reflect a myriad of emotions; with free shapes, mixed media, dripped lines and colour.
Citing the early work of Monet as a great influence in his art, Kenton focuses on the accurate depiction of light in his work; often painting similar scenes at different times of the day, from an early dawn across the Thames to a balmy Parisian dusk.
Exploring moods and feelings are the backbone of Kenton's creations, very often painting places he has visited throughout his life; Kenton tries to relive his feelings and memories of those cities, portraying them on canvas. Kenton's technique is extremely free and unplanned, forgoing sketching and planning in favour of the immediacy of diving into the heart of the painting.