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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 and as a keen surfer he has travelled the world realising inspiration for another passion; his art. Now settled in Ilfracombe with his Brazilian partner, Alexandra and two young daughters, Kenton 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. His disillusionment drove him in another direction and he studied the rigid disciplines of industry and was awarded a Bachelor in Engineering from Stafford University. After University he worked as a draughtsman for several years while still painting in his spare time.
A family business with over 35 years experience, Artisan Gallery supplies Limited Edition Prints, Original Paintings, Sculpture, Photography and other artworks. From original paintings and prints on canvas to framed photography and more. With celebrity artists such as Bob Dylan and Ronnie Wood as well as local artists and emerging talent. To find out more about our art please contact us and we would be delighted to assist.