Paul Kenton

Born: Derby
Lives and works: Devon
Awards: The Prince's Trust (2005)
Exhibitions: Chase Contemporary (2019), Metallique II (2018)
“I aim to transport the viewer. I’m on the constant lookout for energetic locations and inspiration.”

Like the Impressionist painters before him, Paul evokes moods and emotions with his colours, free shapes and energetic lines. Famed for his dazzling cityscapes, he effortlessly captures the hustle and bustle of the city.

Inspiration

Paul's travels have taken him all over the world, from New York to Paris, London and New York. The spectacular sights are captured in his dynamic oil paintings, which are created in textured layers on aluminium, copper, wood and canvas. Painting en plein air, he captures the mood and atmosphere of a location through light, block shapes and gestural lines. 

He is not inspired by any particular artists, instead evolving his own style over the last 20 years. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Chase Contemporary in New York for the launch of London/New York in March 2019. Other exciting projects have included his Sonic 25 release with Sega in 2016, which saw him reimagine Sonic the Hedgehog for the character's 25th anniversary. 

Experimentation is key to his success, and his most recent release includes a rare selection of coastal and landscape scenes that have been created on wood. In recent years, he has also experimented with exposed metal, which projects the changes in light throughout the day and transforms the piece as the viewer walks past. 

Paul says: “I find it exhilarating to express the furious movement, artificial lights and vibrancy of a busy city centre.”

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Inside the world of Paul Kenton

Paul's purpose-built studio is housed inside an old gasworks that dates back to 1868 and features stained glass windows, industrial steelwork and original brick walls. However, to capture the true feel of the city, he starts his sketches outside.

He explains: "Shadows move fast and light sources appear and disappear in seconds, giving me moments to record what I see. My head is bursting with ideas for paintings. Whilst going through sketchbooks, I can rekindle the emotions and feelings of a particular scene. I paint in layers to create form until I can sense the atmosphere I want, and the structures start to emerge."

To create texture, Paul manipulates the paint on his chosen surface – including canvas, aluminium and wood. For his original paintings, he adds layers of oil paint, each of which is left to dry before the next layer is added. Over the years, his dripping technique has become more controlled as he has experimented with the application. This has created more refined detail and sharper edges, which elevate the metallic elements and give a contemporary finish.

From the blog

New art, new styles! The latest from Paul Kenton

He may be known for his modern cityscapes, but the artist's new release includes a rare selection of landscapes and coastal scenes in different shapes and sizes. Showcased in white and black frames, these original artworks are great for any décor.

Autumn Winter // 2020 has landed

Transform your living space with our latest selection of contemporary art, featuring brand-new pieces from Jon Jones, Nic Joly and Paul Kenton.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | 2020

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2019

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

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