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Seven-Year-Old UK Boy Drawing Picasso Comparisons

HOLT, ENGLAND (REUTERS).- A seven-year-old British boy is being hailed as an art genius after selling 16 paintings for 18,000 pounds ($29,280) in just 14 minutes. Kieron Williamson from the eastern English town of Holt has artistic skills that would be the envy of any serious painter and drawn comparisons to Pablo Picasso, a child prodigy who became one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century. Inspired by his local Norfolk landscape, on the East Anglia coast, Williamson’s atmospheric pastels, watercolors and oil paintings — which are valued at up to 1,500 pounds each — show a maturity well beyond his years. It all began on a family holiday to Cornwall on the southwest English coast when Kieron was five. Inspired by the harbor view, he asked his parents for his first sketch-pad. From that moment on, he was hooked, according to his father Keith Williamson. “When he first started painting he would be up every morning at six and we’d be woken up by the chink of jam-jars