Another 8-year-old Prodigy

Kieron Williamson seems to have been painting under the watchful eye of an art teacher. But Las Vegas’s Autum de Forest is entirely self-taught — at the age of 8, according to the Today Show in New York:

In about one year’s time, Autumn de Forest, who turns 9 this month, has become one of the art world’s youngest and biggest stars. Prolific and versatile, she has produced a range of work representing multiple styles: abstract impressionism, surrealism, and pop art. Her paintings bring to mind the work of masters like Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse.

And it sells.

This year, Autumn has sold dozens of her paintings at auction for a total of about $250,000. The highest price paid for her work is $25,000, for the painting “People Are Strange,” inspired by The Doors song of the same name.

The next auction for Autumn’s work will be held online Oct. 14. The de Forest family hired art promoter Ben Valenty to handle sales of Autumn’s art.

Valenty, based in Orange County, Calif., has acted as an agent for several other child painters such as the Romanian-born prodigy Alexandra Nechita (whom he met 15 years ago), and is largely responsible for creating the market for child artists in the art world. His relationships with some of his clients have been contentious — a few have sued him over earnings — but the de Forests trust him.

She’s Barely 9, Yet She’s Painted Art Worth $250,000 (MSNBC/Today)