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.


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. 

Experimentation is key to his success, and his most recent release includes a rare selection of coastal and landscape scenes. 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

Paul Kenton | 365

The British painter's ambitious project captures each of the 365 days of the year with a single painting of a country, city, or town. This exclusive selection of hand-signed original paintings includes figurative and landscape scenes.

Shop our Autumn 2021 collection

Our Autumn 2021 collection has landed, featuring the newest family-inspired limited edition prints by Bob Barker and textured cityscapes by Paul Kenton. Get in touch to find out more.

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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