Mar 30

Kevin ‘the artist’ Painter, Official Site

Welcome to the new Official Website of Kevin ‘the artist’ Painter!

Kev Painter wins Player champsHere you will find all the news, results, exhibition details, and all the info a fan of the Artist could ask for. Kevin Painter is one of the worlds most recognisable darts players and characters on the oche, with a huge experience playing elite darts for many years.  His famous 2004 world championship final against Phil Taylor is seen as one of the greatest televised games of all time. The Artist won his first TV Tournament; The 2011 Players Championships at the Doncaster Dome, which lead on to him appearing in the 2012 Premier League darts on Sky Sports, in front of huge live crowds of up to 9,000, and hundreds of thousands on live TV. Known for not only his skill with the tungsten, but also his ‘true grit’ on the oche, and also being a dedicated Ipswich Town supporter. Kevin also had 25 England International Appearances before he joined the PDC, which of course he’s very proud of.

Check on Kevin’s results here, or if you wish to get in touch, be you a potential sponsor, looking to book an exhibition, or just a well-wisher, use the contact form here.   If you are on twitter, you can interact with Kevin on his official account here -> @OfficialKP180, as after a short break he is back on twitter with inside news, his personal views, and probably some Ipswich town thoughts.  If you like a bit of banter, you can follow his official fanpage there @TeamArtistFans.


Kevin will be taking part in every one of the 7 coming PDC darts tournaments this year, and that’s a massive opportunity for any company or business to gain huge exposure of their brand on prime time Sky Sports (and the associated photos will will appear in national newspapers and websites).

Kevin always represents his sponsors with pride, ensuring he helps bring you value for money when you join his team.  Get in contact ASAP as The Artist has space available on his shirt currently for a prime sponsor.

Get in touch here – or read more about sponsoring an elite darts professional like Kevin here.

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Sep 19

The Artist at the European Darts Trophy in Germany

THE European Darts Trophy kicks off on Friday, with the first round being held in one bumper session at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig, Germany.

The £100,000 tournament is the year’s final European Tour event, featuring 48 players competing across the weekend, and Kevin is won of those players, after he qualified for the event earlier in the year.

Kev plays on day 1, against young talent James Hubbard, and if he comes through that, he’ll face Wes Newton on Saturday.

European Darts Trophy
Friday September 19

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-5 James Hubbard

A tight game, as it goes to 5-5.. then in the decider, it also goes all the way, with Hubbard missing the bull for a 122 finish to see another match dart go begging before Painter lands double 12 to move through to face Wes Newton on Saturday afternoon.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Wes Newton

Unfortunately a few too many missed doubles against Wes, who hit 50% of his to take the game.

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Sep 17

The Artist in Crawley, as 2014 Season Gets Going

After what seems an age, the players of the PDC elite pro tour got back to business this weekend, with the 128 players travelling to Crawley to take part in a double header player championships event.  Kevin started the weekend seeded 21st.

Players Championship 13
September 13 2014, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:   Kevin Painter (21) 6-5  Brian Woods
Round 2:   Kevin Painter 6-2 Nigel Heydon
Round 3:   Adrian Lewis 6-2 Kevin Painter

Players Championship 14
September 14 2014, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:   Kevin Painter 6-3 Jason Lovett
Round 2:   John Bowles 6-3 Kevin Painter

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Sep 05

European Darts Grand Prix

european darts grand prix 2014It’s about time, but after the summer break, The Artist is back on the oche in the PDC tour!

THE PDC’s seventh European Tour event of 2014 will begins today with the first round of the European Darts Grand Prix at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen, with the eye-catching clash between Kevin Painter and James Wade lighting up the opening day.

The 48-player tournament will be held from September 5-7, with live online coverage through a series of bookmakers’ websites listed below as well as for LIVEPDC.TV International Pass Subscribers.

The first round sees the 32 qualifiers, who won through July’s UK Qualifier and Thursday’s European Qualifier and Host Nation Qualifiers, drawn against each other, with the 16 seeded players entering in Saturday’s second round.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 4-6 James Wade

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Sep 03

Kevin Painter sets sights on emphatic European Darts Grand Prix return

Darts ace Kevin Painter intends to start where he left off when he returns to competitive action this weekend at the European Grand Prix in Germany.

The Artist – represented by leading darts firm UK Sports Management – had hit something of a purple patch before the PDC broke for the summer, following the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Although dissatisfied with his first round exit to Simon Whitlock at the Winter Gardens last month, Unicorn Darts-user Painter remains confident in his game and is hopeful of improving further on a run of form that took him to within a leg of the European Darts Open.

Listen to his exclusive audio interview here…

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Sep 02

Kevin Painter still in hunt for Unibet Darts Masters spot

Kevin Painter is still in with a chance of joining stable-mate Ian White and the world’s best at The Unibet Masters in November.

Reigning champion Phil Taylor, 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis and World Champion Michael van Gerwen head a field labelled “the best of the best” by PDC chairman Barry Hearn for the Edinburgh tournament.

Featuring the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit, Scottish trio Gary Anderson, Robert Thornton and 2014 World Championship finalist Peter Wright are also set to appear.

Current world number 14 White has one foot in the door of the ITV-televised knockout tournament at the Royal Highland Centre on November 1-2 and could still be joined by Justin Pipe, Painter and Jamie Caven.


With nine ranking events – including October’s World Grand Prix in Dublin – before the cut-off for The Unibet Masters on October 21, there remains chance for those currently on the cusp of the top 16 to jump up the rankings.

The field will also include Australian star Simon Whitlock, seven-time major winner James Wade, former major finalists Dave Chisnall, Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton, Brendan Dolan, Mervyn King and Kim Huybrechts and Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Unibet as our new title sponsors for The Unibet Masters, and we look forward to another hugely successful event in Edinburgh in November,” said Mr Hearn.

“The Unibet Masters pits the world’s top 16 players against each other and will prove just who really is the best of the best!”

Unibet Head of Sportsbook Erik Backlund said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the PDC, who have done great work to increase the popularity of darts. This is a great opportunity to grow awareness of our product in in the darts community.”

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Jul 19

The Artist at the Winter Gardens

Kevin joins the 31 other elite darts professionals at the world famous Winter Gardens venue in Blackpool tonight, as he looks to progress against the Aussie Simon Whitlock.

Kev is12/5 with the bookies (bet with William Hill), which is great value as his form is coming back just at the right time, with a great run to the semi final in his last tournament.

Saturday 19th July,  (7pm-11pm)

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-10 Simon Whitlock 

A slow start from Kevin, and he lets Whitlock rush into a 3-0 lead.  A superb 11 dart leg from Painter gets him into the game.  Another leg to Kev and he’s just 1 leg down at the break, both averaging around the 98 mark.  4 legs in a row from The Artist and he’s now 4-3 up, and starts the 8th leg with an 180.  Both players are fighting for their lives, breaks back n forth… 5-5 at the next break.  It seems that the break came at a bad time for The Artist, as he loses his momentum, and it’s Whitlock who wins 3 legs in a row. Kev unfortunately never seems to settle down, and goes out 10-6.

Kevin Painter on the Blackpool stage

Kev showing his frustration on the Blackpool stage (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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Jul 19

Win darts tickets with Kevin Painter caption competition

Want to see some of darts’ biggest names in action at close quarters? We’re giving you the chance to be at Lock, Stock and Three Smoking Arrows just by sending us your best caption for a picture!

Stefan Strassenburg’s image of UK Sports Management’s Kevin Painter on the stage at the European Darts Open has created quite a stir online, bringing dozens of likes on Facebook and tens of retweets on Twitter.


Now all you have to do is coming up an amusing caption to stand a chance of winning two tickets for Lock, Stock at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday, September 27.

Either like our Facebook page and leave your caption in a comment or follow us on Twitter and tweet what you think The Artist is thinking in the shot.

Entries must be submitted by the end of the BetVictor World Matchplay final on Sunday, June 27, with Unicorn Darts’ user Painter to be involved in choosing the best. The lucky winner will be notified by message on either Facebook or Twitter.

Painter will go up against two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis and Team UKSM compatriot Justin Pipe at Lock, Stock on a bill that also boasts Premier League ace Dave Chisnall and darts legends Keith Deller, Eric Bristow and Bobby George.

Current professionals Colin Lloyd and Steve Beaton will appear alongside Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle, all introduced by MC Russ Bray.

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Jul 18

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine – we’ve got the World Matchplay covered!

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine – we’ve got every base covered to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of Kevin Painter at the BetVictor World Matchplay!

The Artist’s darts management firm UK Sports Management will be at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool for every dart thrown by the sport’s biggest names.


Follow the action from Saturday evening with exclusive interviews with Kevin and all the action as it unfolds at and, of course, here.

Like UKSM’s Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter at to make sure you don’t miss a second of one of the PDC’s most popular tournaments.

On Instagram? Fire up the app on your phone or tablet and follow uksm_darts to see a host of shots from behind the scenes.

If Vine’s your thing, search for UK Sports Management and give us a follow as we bring you further insight into the major summer darting event.

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Jul 17

Come and See The Artist at these Darts Exhibitions

With the World Matchplay coming very soon, Kevin is practicing hard, and his form is currently spot on, so confidence is high.  If you can’t make it to Blackpool, but still want to see some fantastic world class players close up, why not book tickets to one of these HUGE darts exhibitions, where you can get closer to the players than you ever can at any PDC event.  Get photos, autographs, and possibly some special darts memorabilia at these fantastic nights. NOW THERE’S NO EXCUSE NOT TO COME AND SEE THE ARTIST!  

Lock, Stock & 3 Smoking Arrows

Players: Colin lloyd, Kevin Painter, Justin Pipe, Dave Chisnall, Keith Deller, Wayne Mardle, Adrian Lewis, Steve Beaton, Eric Bristow & Bobby George.

Saturday 27th September 2014
Ricoh Arena, Coventry.


Lock stock darts exhibition

Possible the best named darts exhibition ever? Come and see some great darts!

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Jul 16

Kevin Painter ready for Simon Whitlock test in World Matchplay Darts

Ending a rotten run of results versus Simon Whitlock could act as Kevin Painter’s platform for BetVictor World Matchplay success according to the player himself.

The Artist will arrive in Blackpool today as his preparations for the much-loved major at the Winter Gardens up a gear.

The UK Sports Management ace has been drawn against familiar foe Whitlock in Saturday evening’s second game, taking to the stage after Ian White and Terry Jenkins.

The clash will be the third between the pair in six weeks, with Painter having beaten the Australian Premier League favourite just once in eight encounters since October 2012.

Unicorn Darts player Painter said: “There were no easy draws there, anyway, with the world’s top 16 and top 16 qualifiers. Some draws were obviously easier than others, but every game is going to be a hard one, there’s no other way of looking at it.

“Simon Whitlock and I seem to be stuck together like glue at the minute, we can’t get away from each other, but you get periods like that. I’ve had it with Phil Taylor, I had it with Gary Anderson when he first came to the PDC.

“Now it seems to be that I’m playing Simon all the time and I need to stop what’s been a bit of a dodgy run as he’s won our last few games.

“I need to make sure I’m 100 per cent concentrated and ready for the match because I need to get the win to stop the rot.

He continued: “I’m going to go to Blackpool early. When you look at the draw, your name could have come out for the Saturday, Sunday or Monday. I like to come out later in the tournament so you can go to the venue, watch a few games and get a feel for the place.

“Coming out second game on Saturday night certainly didn’t help that. I’m going up to Blackpool on the Wednesday, chill out for a couple of days and get my practice done up there so I can get away from the usual stuff you have to deal with at home.

“I’m looking forward to going up a couple of days earlier to prepare as if I was travelling on the Friday to play on the Monday.”

With a 2010 run to the quarter-finals counting as his best performance in the £450,000 competition, Quantax-supported Painter is ready to earn more joy by the seaside.

“It’s a great tournament, but it’s never been a particularly kind one to me results-wise,” he said. “I’ve usually played well there and been beaten, I’ve regularly played well there and not got any reward for any of my performances.

“It’s a great venue. It’s an unusual place, and like an old theatre. But there’s a great atmosphere because you only get 1,400 or 1,500 people in there and most of those are therefore proper, dedicated darts fans.

“It’s not like the bigger events like the Premier League where a lot of them are just there to try and get on television.

“These are proper darts fans and that means you usually get the best of order and a bit of respect when you are throwing as well.”


Painter will go up against UKSM compatriots Ian White and Justin Pipe when one of last year’s most popular events returns in December.

Co-ordinated by the firm aiming to become the preferred darts management company, Apocalypse 2014 pits the trio against Betway Premier League ace Gary Anderson, Terry Jenkins and Steve Beaton, as well as fans’ favourites Keith Deller, Eric Bristow, Wayne Mardle and John Lowe.

Taking place at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre on Saturday 6 December and hosted by PDC MC Russ Bray, tickets are available from our online shop.


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