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.
History and Background
As a teenager he learnt to surf on the wild beaches of North Devon and as a keen surfer he has travelled the world realising inspiration for another passion; his art.
In 1995, supported by a grant from the Prices 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 world wide travels; the cityscapes, cafes, harbours, bridges and seascapes. Kenton's style has evolved over the past ten years into a free-flowing fusion of various media, capturing the essence of the location rather than "the fiddly details of what something looks like" creating an atmosphere with free shapes, dripped lines and colour.
Ideas and Inspirations
Paul Kenton's style has evolved over the past ten years into a free-flowing fusion of various media, capturing the essence of the environment rather than specific details of the location. 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.