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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Apr 13

Players Championship 5&6 in Wigan

Players Championship 5&6 in Wigan

Another weekend on the tour for the Artist, and this Saturday and Sunday saw the PDC ProTour weekend in Wigan, with Kevin joining the other 127 elite darts players.

The Robin Park Tennis Centre hosted 128 players over two days, and in each competition as they competed for the £10,000 first prize and £50,000 in total prize money.  The games are ‘behind closed doors’, with no public allowed, and are the real bread n butter of a professional darts player.

It may not be on TV, but the prize money on offer is high, and very important across the year!

Kevin starts the weekend seeded 16th.

Players Championship 5

Round 1:  Andy Jenkins 6-3 Kevin Painter

Players Championship 6

Round 1:  Matt Clark 6-3 Kevin Painter

A weekend Kevin will want to forget, with two disappointing first round loses. The only good news was Kev’s Ipswich Town won 2-1 against Doncaster.

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Mar 23

Player Championship Events 3&4

Kevin Painter at Player Championship Events 3&4

Two more PDC Player Championship pro tour events this weekend, and Kevin will be looking to for some decent runs to build on his ranking money to push up the order of merit.   The 128 of the PDC elite battle it out in the K2 in Crawley, a field including the guvnor Phil Taylor, and current world number 1 Michael van Gerwen.

Kevin goes into Saturday seeded 19th…

Players Championship 3
Saturday March 22, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:  Kyle Anderson 6-4 Kevin Painter

Players Championship 4
K2 Centre, Crawley – Sunday March 23

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Glenn Spearing
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Christian Kist
Round 3:  Adrian Lewis (113.24) 6 (11) 1 (95.32) Kevin Painter

After a good result against the former BDO World champions Kist, Kevin comes up against an Adrian Lewis throwing world class darts – 113 average is unplayable.

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Mar 15

Player Championship ProTour Events 1&2

Player Championship ProTour Events 1&2

After the UK Open it’s now time for heads down and back to work on the floor for Kevin, as he joins the other 127 tour card holders on the PDC ProTour in Barnsley, for two floor tournament events.

This is where the main work is put in for the year, the many floor events behind closed doors across England.  There’s no easy games, with every player earning the tour card to be there.  Kevin is seeded 19th for the first event.

In game one on Saturday, The Artist is drawn against the young speed sensation Ricky Evans, so tough from the off…

Players Championship 1
Barnsley Metrodome, March 15 2014

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Ricky Evans
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Dennis Smith
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 2-6 Adrian Lewis

Kev loses to an on fire Lewis who hit a 9 darter the round before.

Players Championship 2
Barnsley Metrodome, March 16 2014

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Jason Hogg
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Kevin McDine
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Round 4:  Gary Anderson 6-5 Kevin Painter

£1,000 won on day 2, so a solid start to the player championships campaign.

Kevin painter vs Ricky Evans stats Barnsley

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Feb 27

The Artist at the Coral UK Open

The Artist at the Coral UK Open

Kevin on his big stage walk-on in Minehead

Kevin on his big stage walk-on in Minehead

The UK Open’s Televised Finals have a new home in 2014 at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with eight stages in action simultaneously during the early rounds of the event, which features a mixture of professional stars and amateur qualifiers.  The tournament begins on Friday March 7, with the opening day seeing the preliminary, first and second rounds take place in the afternoon session.  It’s all live on ITV4.

While there are no easy games, the draw hasn’t been kind to Kevin, and rather than a ‘green’ newcomer, The Artist will take on the very experienced Richie Burnett.  Both start in round 3 due to a successful qualifying campaign.

A small number of packages – including accommodation at the Butlins Minehead Resort and tickets for all six sessions of the tournament – remain available for sale through the Butlins Big Weekends website or by calling 0845 070 4734.

It’s an open draw, so if Kevin comes through his game against former world champ Burnett, he’ll have to wait until after the end of round 3 to find out his next opponent.

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Stage Two

Round 3:   Kevin Painter 9-5 Richie Burnett

Round 4:   Kevin Painter 9-4 Andrew Gilding

Round 5:   Kevin Painter 9-5 Dean Winstanley

Quarter Final:   Kevin Painter 6-10 Mervyn King

Kevin interviewed for Tungsten Tales after his win against Dean…

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Feb 24

Kevin Painter Sponsors Shaun Lovett, Essex Darts Ace

Kevin Painter Sponsors Shaun Lovett, Essex Darts Ace


“I’m pleased to officially announce my sponsorship of 16 year old Essex dart player Shaun Lovett, he’s hopefully a star of the future.  Good luck mate!” – Kev on twitter today.

2013 Essex Open Winner Shaun Lovett

2013 Essex Open Winner Shaun Lovett, now sponsored by The Artist

Kevin has been a star of the darts world for many years, and he’s keen to ensure that young talent Shaun Lovett has the chance to emulate him.  Kevin has announced today his personal sponsorship of the Essex Winmau Masters junior champion.

Sixteen-year-old Shaun won the Winmau World Masters in Hull last year, and underlined his potential as one of Essex’s leading darts prospects.

He plays for The Railway in Prittlewell in the Southend Licensed Victuallers’ League and in the Essex and London Superleagues.

Shaun was introduced to darts by his mum Sharon and older brothers Tony and Mark and has been playing for three years.  He quickly made an impact in junior competitions which culminated in his appearance at the Winmau World Masters U18 boys finals.

It was pretty nerve-wracking at the Masters but I was in confident mood and in the end it all went quite well,” said Shaun.

With the backing of The Artist, the only way is up for young Shaun!


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Feb 22

The Artist on Tour; UK Open Qualifiers 4-6

The Artist on Tour; UK Open Qualifiers 4-6

Coral uk open

Coral UK open qualifiers start today

Kevin Painter returned to Wigan for the second and final round of UK Open Qualifiers.  Kev has already earned more than enough money to qualify for the ITV4 televised finals (£2,250), but every £ won also counts towards the main rankings, as well as the pro tour order of merit, which decides seedings for the floor events.

The final three Coral UK Open Qualifiers for professional players will be held from Friday February 21- Sunday February 23, featuring over 200 players battling for places in next month’s Televised Finals in Minehead.

The weekend will see three tournaments, each worth £50,000, held at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, with PDC Tour Card Holders joined by PDPA Associate Members in the field for each.

Following Sunday’s Qualifier Six, the leading 96 players (plus ties) from the Coral UK Open Order of Merit will qualify alongside the 32 Rileys Qualifiers to compete in the Coral UK Open Televised Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort from March 7-9.

Games are as usual best of 11, and played across 32 boards.

Qualifier 4 – Friday

Round 1:  Kevin Painter Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Round 3:  Josh Payne 6-3 Kevin Painter

£250 won – Kev will be looking to do better on Saturday

Qualifier 5 – Saturday

Round 1:   Kevin Painter Bye
Round 2:   Kevin Painter 6-5 John Bowles
Round 3:   Rocco Maes 6-4 Kevin Painter

Kev is very disappointed with today’s performance.. more fight needed tomorrow!

Final Qualifier 6 – Sunday

Round 1:   Kevin Painter Bye
Round 2:   Kevin Painter 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Round 3:   Kevin Painter 6-2 Antonio Alcinas
Round 4:   Kevin Painter 6-5 Karl Merchant
Round 5:   Kevin Painter 6-5 Mark Webster
1/4 Final:   Kevin Painter 2-6 Wes Newton

A much better day today for The Artist, winning £1,500 to make it £2,000 for the three days of qualifying.  Tune into ITV4 to watch Kevin in the finals in less than two weeks!

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Feb 14

Kevin Painter at the Dutch Darts Masters

Kevin Painter at the Dutch Darts Masters

THE Dutch Darts Masters European Tour event will be held from February 14-16 at the NH Hotel Koningshof in Veldhoven.  The tournament begins on Friday with the 16 games from the first round being held in one session from 3pm local time (2pm GMT).

All games in the main Dutch Darts Masters event will be streamed LIVE & FREE exclusively through the OfficialPDC YouTube Channel,

Kevin qualified as a top 16 seed, so doesn’t start until Saturday in round 2, against the winner between Mensur Suljovic & Christian Kist.  The game will be Sat evening session, approx 7.30pm UK time.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Christian Kist

Kev wins a very close game – showing bottle is as important as skill in these games.  Kist can’t finish the game with 3 darts in hand, and Kev steps up and BOOM, round 3.

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 2-6 Michael van Gerwen

The draw isn’t kind, with The Artist playing his second world champion in two days.  A 105 ave from the Dutchman is just too good today, Kev’s 94 ave not enough to stay with the current worlds best.  £2,000 won this weekend.

Kevin Painter Dutch Masters 2014

Kevin Painter at the Dutch Masters 2014

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Feb 07

UK Open; The Artist at Qualifiers 1-3

UK Open; The Artist at Qualifiers 1-3

Coral uk open

Coral UK open qualifiers start today

THE Coral UK Open Qualifiers for professional players will commence today with the first three £50,000 tournaments at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Over 220 PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members will compete in the three days of UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan as they bid to win their places in the Televised Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort in March.

Kevin Painter will obviously be planning to do enough on these three days to qualify well, taking the pressure of the following 3 qualifiers.

Prize money in the Coral UK Open Qualifiers this year has increased to £50,000 per event, in line with Players Championship tournaments, with the leading 96 players, plus ties, from the final Coral UK Open Order of Merit to qualify for the Televised Finals.

All games will be the best of 11 legs, with the leading 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit who have entered being exempt to the Last 128 stage, where they are drawn at random with one player per board.

Kev’s results will be posted below during the long weekend, come-on the Artist!

Friday Qualifier 1

Round 1:  Kevin Painter bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Chris Aubrey
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Steve Maish
Round 4:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Round 5:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
1/4 final:  Kevin Painter 4-6 Andy Hamilton

Kev goes out in the 1/4 finals, after a great day’s performances.  A 96.85 ave for the Artist in his losing game – and better  vs Barney.  A very solid start to his UK Open qualification run!  £1,500 won.

Saturday Qualifier 2

Round 1:  Kevin Painter bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Jamie Landon
Round 3:  
Kevin Painter 6-3 Rocco Maes
Round 4: 
 Nick Fullwell 6-2 Kevin Painter

Another £500 won today, so that’s £2,000 towards UK Open qualification.

Sunday Qualifier 3

Round 1:  Kevin Painter bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Round 3: 
 Johnny Haines 6-2 Kevin Painter

After a very long weekend, The Artist takes £2,250 away with him, which will see him safe for the Minehead TV finals, with three more qualifiers yet to take part in.

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Feb 01

Kevin Painter at the 2014 German Darts Championship

Kevin Painter at the 2014 German Darts Championship

German darts championshipThe 2014 PDC European Tour season kicks off with the German Darts Championship from January 31-February 2 at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany.

The new format for European Tour events in 2014 sees the first round held in one, eight-hour session from 3pm on Friday, as the 32 qualifiers compete for places in Saturday’s second round.

The top 16 seeds, which includes The Artist, come in at the second round stage on Saturday, as they play against the first round winners across two sessions.

So today Kevin faces the hugely experienced Terry Jenkins tonight, and their game will probably be around 9 – 9.30pm.  It’s streamed live on the official PDC YouTube channel, and we hope to have it streamed here too!

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Terry Jenkins


Kevin in Germany 2014

Kevin in Germany 2014

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Jan 20

Kevin Qualifies for European Tour Events 1&2

Kevin Qualifies for European Tour Events 1&2

The new darts season has started, and it’s started for the Artist without having to throw a dart, as he qualified for the first two PDC Euro tour events through the rolling one year pro tour ranking he has earned.  Only the top 16 players were through automatically, with the rest of the PDC pro tour having to go through qualifiers in Wigan at the weekend.

Kevin will play in the German Darts Championship at the end of January, and the Dutch event mid February.  The events should be streamed live via youTube, links to come!  You’ll be able to watch The Artist live here on his website if all goes to plan!

UPDATE:  Kevin starts the German Euro Tour event on Saturday 1st Feb in round 2, a reward for his top 16 seeding, he will play either Max Hopp or Terry Jenkins, whoever wins the round 1 clash.

German Darts Championship – European Tour Event 1
Halle 39, Hildesheim
Friday January 31-Sunday February 2
Seeded Players

Dutch darts masters stage

Dutch darts masters stage last year

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Dave Chisnall
3 Peter Wright
4 Brendan Dolan
5 Kim Huybrechts
6 Robert Thornton
7 Jamie Caven
8 Steve Beaton
9 Wes Newton
10 Mervyn King
11 Ian White
12 John Part
13 Paul Nicholson
14 Gary Anderson
15 Adrian Lewis
16 Kevin Painter

Dutch Darts Masters – European Tour Event 2
NH Hotel Koningshof, Veldhoven
Friday February 14-Sunday February 16
Seeded Players

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Dave Chisnall
3 Peter Wright
4 Brendan Dolan
5 Kim Huybrechts
6 Jamie Caven
7 Steve Beaton
8 Wes Newton
9 Simon Whitlock
10 Mervyn King
11 Ian White
12 John Part
13 Paul Nicholson
14 Gary Anderson
15 Adrian Lewis
16 Kevin Painter

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