insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 21 - November 2016 - Page 12

NEWS ICONIC CITIES OF THE WORLD CAPTURED ON CANVAS An exhibition from critically acclaimed artist, Paul Kenton will be launching at a Brighton gallery this month. Castle Fine Art, based on Brighton’s Nile Street, will feature a range of his new works, alongside signed limited editions and rare pieces from previous collections from Saturday November 19th – Sunday December 4th. Paul has become renowned for his striking cityscapes, which are inspired by fast-paced city living around the world. The architectural explosion of fluid lines found in his paintings are drizzled energetically onto the canvas and contrasted with blocks of blurred colour that brilliantly capture the lights dancing off a watery surface – be it a wet Parisian boulevard, a London pavement, or the River Thames. Indeed, Kenton expertly captures the movement in a city, seeing his paintings as a ‘short film clip’ rather than a photographic still. Kenton, who remains one of Washington Green Fine Art’s top-selling artists nearly a decade after joining the company, said: “My cityscapes reflect the many moods of manmade landscapes; I find it exhilarating to express furious movement, artificial lights and the vibrancy of a busy city centre at night, as well as the subtler moods of a misty dawn at the same venue." “Paul captures the essence and personality of the world’s most iconic cities, painting them as you’ve never seen them before,” added Valerie Kaye, gallery manager for Brighton’s Castle Fine Art. “His unique loose style of painting, using drips and bold brush strokes, epitomises the fluid movement of the arteries of the city. You can almost close your eyes and hear the commotion around you; the smell and the inane chattering of people passing you by.” The exhibition of Paul Kenton’s work will take place at Castle Fine Art, Brighton, 2 Nile Pavilions, BN1 1HW. For further information, visit LOCAL CHILDREN SHINE AT THE STARR TRUST CELEBRATION NIGHT Last month, the Starr Trust held its sixth ‘Celebration Night’, a very special evening that celebrates the lives and achievements of the young people that the charity has helped throughout the year. Almost 200 people came together at the Sussex County Cricket Ground, where sponsors, businesses and supporters had the chance to meet the young people whose lives have been transformed by their generosity. “What a wonderful evening,” said Nicole Carman, Starr Trust press manager. “The Boundary Rooms at the Cricket Ground were buzzing and we were thrilled to see so many of our supporters there, including our lovely patron, Robin Cousins, and local businesses such as the Hilton, Brighton & Hove Buses and many more, all of whom have helped us raise an incredible £80,000 so far this year; we’re so grateful for their continued support.” During the evening families spoke of how the Edward Starr Awards had turned their children’s lives around. Ira Perrier’s mother, Karen, read out an incredibly moving piece written by her son about growing up without a father and how much joy and confidence basketball had given him. The Starr Trust has supported Ira financially for the past four years; he is now a straight-A student and is currently living his dream and working hard in a prestigious high school in Florida. her confidence has grown since receiving her award - enough to get up and sing in front of 200 people!” “A highlight of the evening was when two young champions, Zoe and Jasmine, sang beautifully for the audience,” said Nicole. “Jasmine is a talented young opera singer, and Zoe, aged just 15, spoke of how much The Starr Trust can truly change the lives of young people. If you know someone living in the BN postcode area, aged 10-18, who would benefit from an award, then please email 12