Mar 30

Kevin ‘the artist’ Painter, Official Site

Welcome to the 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 fan-page there @TeamArtistFans.

Buy the new Kevin Painter ShirtBuy Kevin’s Official Playing Shirt

Want to look the business on the oche or when you watch the darts?  Kevin’s brand new design official playing shirt is now available, and Kevin is selling them direct to you signed specially for you!

If you want one of these collectors items, just get in touch using the contact form and say you wish to buy a shirt – and Kevin will personally get back to you to sort it out.  Make sure you let him have your name, e-mail address, and rough size (M/L/XL etc).


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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Jan 19

The Artist Qualifies for Gibraltar

Kevin took part in the first two European Tour qualifiers at the weekend in Wigan, and had a good second bite at the cherry as he qualified for the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.  

Kevin was disappointed with his performance in the early afternoon German darts champs qualifier, but he got his head back together and put on a much better show in the 2nd event of a LONG day.  Kevin’s qualifying game was against recent BDO switcher Alan Norris, who had already hit a 9 darter that day, so was in great form himself.

German Darts Championship – ET1
UK Qualifier

First Round:  Kevin Painter Bye
Second  Round:  John Scott 6-3 Kevin Painter

Gibraltar Darts Trophy – ET2
UK Qualifier

First Round:  Kevin Painter Bye
Second  Round:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Richie Howson
Third Round:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Alan Norris

The Euro tour events come with an increased prize fund in 2015;


European Tour Events

Winner £25,000
Runner-Up £10,000
Semi-Finalists £5,000
Quarter-Finalists £3,500
Third Round Losers £2,000
Second Round Losers £1,500
First Round Losers £1,000
Total £115,000 per event

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Dec 30

Darts Shop Open

Kevin Painter is pleased to announce his new darts shop is open, where you can browse and buy from thousands of darts equipment items.

Exclusive merchandise will be added soon, but you can already buy a huge range of Unicorn and other brand darts, boards, flights, stems, and other essentials.  Obviously Kevin’s own Unicorn darts are available too.

It’s all powered by the trusted Darts Shop Network, and shipping is fast (same day possible).

Kevin Painter's darts shop

Kevin Painter’s darts shop

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Dec 21

William Hill 2015 World Championships

The  world championships are here – the BIGGEST and best darts tournament in the world, and Kevin goes into the tournament as 20th seed, with many happy memories of playing on the world stage.  With a huge £250,000 first prize, and £1.25 Million on offer as the prize fund, it’s the biggest pot of cash in darts EVER.

Kevin starts the tournament drawn against the winner of a foreign qualifier prelim.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (20) 3-1 Boris Koltsov

(3-0, 0-3, 3-0, 3-0)

Painter made a comfortable start to his game with the Russian – who had earlier won his preliminary round match against Haruki Muramatsu 4-2 – taking the first three legs, including a 110 finish in the second leg and a 52 outshot to clinch it.  Koltsov then produced an inspired second set, with the Russian taking the first leg, before breaking the throw with a double 16 after Painter had missed doubles himself.

In his best leg of the match, Koltsov then hit two 180s and managed to land a double nine to claim a 3-0 set and level the match.  Painter, though, responded by taking the next six legs on the spin, including a double 16 and a brilliant 138 outshot that claimed the third set.

The fourth set went the same way, with Painter back on song with his finishing when taking out 78 and 110 before completing the job for a second round tie with another international qualifier, Cristo Reyes from Spain.

Match Information
First Set 3-0 –
Easy start for Painter as he would have hoped for. Takes out 110 in the second and 52 in the third.
Second Set 0-3 – Big surprise from the Russian and Koltsov sweeps the set, breaking a wasteful Painter in the second leg, before hitting two 180s in the final leg.
Third Set 3-0 – Painter recovers in good fashion with a clean the set – taking out 57 before a brilliant 138 to wrap it up.
Fourth Set 3-0 – Painter clinches it with another sweeped set. More good finishing, this time a 78 and a 110 before easing over the line in comfort.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-4 Cristo Reyes

Kevin Painter 2015 World Championships

Kevin wins his first round game at the worlds (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)


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Dec 02

The Artist to play International Qualifier at the World Champs

THE draw for the William Hill World Darts Championship first round was made at 12.30pm today (Tues 2nd Dec).

The 72 player tournament will be held from December 18-January 4 at London’s Alexandra Palace, with play spanning the festive period live on the Sky Sports Darts channel.  The preliminary round draw was made in advance of the first round draw, pitting the International Qualifiers against each other as they bid to win through to the first round proper.

Kevin was drawn against the winner of a prelim between two international qualifiers, Boris Koltsov (Russia) v Haruki Muramatsu (Japan), and the game will take place on Sunday 21st Dec, last game in the afternoon session.  The Artist will of course be the favourite whoever he plays, but he’ll be practicing hard and take nothing for granted.

Sunday December 21
Afternoon Session

12.40pm Paul Nicholson (25) v Benito van de Pas
2.15pm Boris Koltsov v Haruki Muramatsu (P)
3.00pm Mark Webster (31) v Ron Meulenkamp
4.00pm Dean Winstanley (26) v Wayne Jones
5.00pm Kevin Painter (20) v Boris Koltsov/Haruki Muramatsu

William Hill World Darts Championship
First Round Draw

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Joe Cullen
Stuart Kellett (32) v Viljanen/Stein
Terry Jenkins (16) v John Weber
Justin Pipe (17) v Lawrence Ryder
Dave Chisnall (8) v Ryan De Vreede
Paul Nicholson (25) v Benito van de Pas
Robert Thornton (9) v Andrew Gilding
Ronnie Baxter (24) v Mackenzie/Gurney
Peter Wright (5) v Gerwen Price
Andy Smith (28) v Ronny Huybrechts
Andy Hamilton (12) v Dave Richardson
Steve Beaton (21) v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson (4) v McGrath/Kirchner
Jelle Klaasen (29) v Christian Kist
Wes Newton (13) v Perez/Reyes
Kevin Painter (20) v Koltsov/Muramatsu
Phil Taylor (2) v Jyhan Artut
Mark Webster (31) v Ron Meulenkamp
Ian White (15) v Haavisto/Michael
Kim Huybrechts (18) v Mickey Mansell
Simon Whitlock (7) v Darren Webster
Dean Winstanley (26) v Wayne Jones
Mervyn King (10) v Max Hopp
Vincent van der Voort (23) v John Henderson
James Wade (6) v Jamie Lewis
Stephen Bunting (27) v Wattimena/Marijanovic
Brendan Dolan (11) v Arendse/Hon
Michael Smith (22) v Mensur Suljovic
Adrian Lewis (3) v David Pallett
John Part (30) v Keegan Brown
Raymond van Barneveld (14) v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jamie Caven (19) v Jason Hogg

Preliminary Round Draw
Christian Perez (Philippines) v Cristo Reyes (Spain)
Jani Haavisto (Finland) v John Michael (Greece)
Nolan Arendse (South Africa) v Alex Hon (Hong Kong)
Boris Koltsov (Russia) v Haruki Muramatsu (Japan)
Kim Viljanen (Finland) v Sascha Stein (Germany)
Mark McGrath (New Zealand) v Scott Kirchner (USA)
Jermaine Wattimena (Netherlands) v Robert Marijanovic (Croatia)
Scott Mackenzie (Hong Kong) v Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland)

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Nov 28

The Artist in Minehead; Player Champs Finals

Get the TV on ITV4 this Friday/Weekend, as it’s the Player Championship finals in Minehead, and Kevin is looking to repeat his win of three years ago.

The £300,000 tournament features the top 32 players from the 2014 PDC ProTour Order of Merit, based on prize money won in Players Championships, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events this year.

The first round sees eight matches in the afternoon session and eight games in the evening session, all live on ITV4.  Kevin plays 3rd in the afternoon, after his UKSM team-mates Ian White, Jabba, and Justin Pipe play.

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Friday November 28, Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

First Round:  Kevin Painter 5-6 Brendan Dolan

0-1: Slow start to the game from both players before Painter takes out 108 on tops to break in the opening leg.
0-2: Dolan misses the bull for a second straight leg and Painter punishes by taking out 85 on double ten.
1-2: Painter misses double ten for a 91 finish and Dolan returns to hit double eight with his final dart to take his first leg of the match.
1-3: Painter regains his two leg advantage as he takes out 41.
2-3: Dolan misses three darts at double 18 before Painter misses the same amount at double 16. Dolan returns to hit double nine and seal his second leg of the game.
3-3: Painter misses the bull for an 81 checkout and Dolan returns to take out 106 on tops.
4-3: Third straight leg for Dolan as he takes out 75 on double 12 to take the lead for the first time in the match.
5-3: Painter misses the bullseye for a 167 and Dolan punishes again as he takes out 121, brilliant darts!
5-4: Dolan misses three darts at double 12 and Painter returns to take out 110, the fourth ton-plus checkout of the match!
5-5: Painter takes out 55 on tops to take the game into a deciding leg.
6-5: Painter misses double 16 and Dolan returns to take out 48 on double eight to seal the win in a dramatic deciding leg.

Kevin at the 2014 Player Championships

Kevin at the 2014 Player Championships (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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Nov 28

Painter hungry for repeat run

Having lifted the title three years ago, Kevin Painter is hungry to taste glory again in the Players Championship Finals.

The Artist claimed his first televised major in Doncaster, beating Mark Webster 13-9 in the 2011 final of the tournament that switched to Minehead 12 months later.

With the William Hill World Championship also on the horizon and memories of a first round exit in Somerset last year still relatively fresh in his mind, Painter told UK Sports Management he was ready for another memorable run.

The Unicorn Darts user also revealed the inspiration behind his eye-catching shirt that dazzled crowds at last month’s World Grand Prix.

Listen to Kevin Painter’s exclusive interview here…

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Nov 20

Kevin Painter raring to go at Players Championship after break

Having missed out on the last three majors, darts ace Kevin Painter is raring to go ahead of his return to the oche this weekend.

The Artist dazzled the Dublin crowds on the way to the quarter-finals at October’s World Grand Prix but unfortunately had to watch on as the game’s stars battled at the European Championship, Unibet Masters and Grand Slam.

With this weekend’s Players Championship rounds 19 and 20 in Coventry signalling the start of a frantic end to 2014, UK Sports Management’s Painter is hungry to make up for lost time.

Listen to Unicorn Darts’ user Kevin Painter’s exclusive preview here…

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Oct 17

The Artist wants to make most of form

Fresh from a run to the World Grand Prix quarter-finals, Kevin Painter is hungry to seize the momentum.

The Artist – represented by UK Sports Management – beat Andy Hamilton and Adrian Lewis in Dublin before falling 3-2 to Gary Anderson, unable to repeat the dramatic comeback in his five-set thriller against Jackpot.

The Unicorn Darts player is back in the PDC world top 20, but is well-aware that his absence from the European Championships later this month means he faces a fight to keep his place.

Heading to the Players Championship this weekend, Quantax-backed Painter is ready to tackle head-on the challenge of transferring stage form to the floor.

Listen to Kevin’s exclusive interview…

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Oct 13

The Artist climbs into world’s top 20

Kevin Painter has returned to the PDC world top 20 following his run to the World Grand Prix quarter-finals last week.

The Artist – one of five UK Sports Management players at the doubles-away competition – returned from the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, with £15,000 having reached the final eight.

The Unicorn Darts user eased past Andy Hamilton in the opening round before battling back from two sets down to knock out two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Painter again forced a deciding set against new world number seven Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals, firing in a memorable 152 checkout to level.

Although the Scotsman edged a high-quality final set, his opponent’s achievements were enough to climb to 20th globally ahead of Steve Beaton and hot on the tails of Terry Jenkins.


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Oct 06

Kevin Painter at the World Grand Prix

THE 2014 World Grand Prix is being held from October 6-12 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, and Kev starts his first game in the tournament tonight, 3rd game live on Sky Sports against Andy Hamilton.

The famous event, which sees players need to both begin and end every leg with a double, sees 32 stars battling for a tournament record £400,000 in prize money at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

Kevin spoke about tonight’s game in Dublin here, and he’ll be looking to hit those twice as important doubles tonight – remembering that it’s a double start and finish format. World Grand Prix

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 2-1 Andy Hamilton

Kevin Painter wins in Dublin

Kev gives it large as he wins through to round 2 of the Grand Prix (Pic Lustig/PDC)

First Set 3-1 – Painter takes the opening two legs before Hamilton gets off the mark in the third by taking out 32, but Painter lands a 180 in the fourth before finishing 74 on tops to wrap up the set.
Second Set 0-3 – Painter’s starting doubles desert him as Hamilton take the opening two legs on double four and double 16, and the Stoke ace then opens leg three with a 152 score and takes the set on double eight without his opponent having a dart at a finishing double.
Third Set 3-0 – Hamilton misses the bull to finish 170 and is also unable to land two further doubles as Painter steps in to finish 82 with a bullseye, double 16 combination to take the opening leg. He then defies a 174 from Hamilton by taking out double 16 to maintain his flawless record at finishing doubles – at 5/5 from the game – before sealing victory in the next leg, missing double 16 for a 152 checkout but returning – following a 180 from his opponent – to hit the bed at the second time of asking.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-2 Adrian Lewis

First Set 2-3 - Painter holds throw to win two of the first three legs with throw, with Lewis firing in a 180 in the second and another maximum in leg four, which he takes with a 106 checkout before breaking to win the set in the decider by landing double four.
Second Set 2-3 - The second set also goes all the way, with Lewis hitting a 180 and tops in the opener before Painter lands a maximum as he levels on double ten. Lewis kicks off the third with a 160 score before finishing another 106 checkout – only to miss nine starting doubles in the fourth as Painter posts tops to send the set into a fifth leg, only to be left waiting on 60 as Lewis follows a 180 by finishing 142 on double 11 to snatch the set from under his nose.
Third Set 3-0 – Painter sweeps through the third set in superb fashion, taking out double eight before hitting back-to-back 180s in the second as he broke throw, before finishing 100 to claim the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 - Painter takes the game into a deciding set by edging a thrilling fourth set, as Lewis pays for missing one match dart. Five missed doubles from Painter in the opening leg allow Lewis in on double eight, and after Painter levels the Stoke ace kicks off leg three with 160 and 140 to move 2-1 up despite a 180 from his opponent. Painter lands a 180 in the fourth leg, and when Lewis misses the bull for a 129 finish for the match, double four from Painter sends the set into a decider as the Daventry ace scores 152 and 180 to pull clear before finishing 84 on double 18 to level the game.
Fifth Set 3-2 – Lewis finishes 100 with two double tops to lead, before Painter finishes 107 to level and then capitalises when his opponent fails to give himself a dart at a double on 84, allowing the Daventry man in on tops for a 2-1 lead. Lewis finishes a 14-darter on tops to send the game into a sudden-death leg, but Painter lands his eighth maximum of the game to pull clear before finishing tops for a 15-darter to complete a brilliant comeback.

1/4 Final:  Kevin Painter 2-3 Gary Anderson

First Set 0-3 - Anderson takes the opening set without Painter having a dart at a finishing double, taking out tops to win the first two legs – with the second featuring a 180 – before landing double five to claim the set.
Second Set 2-3 – Anderson is first to a finish, but is punished for failing to close out the leg as Painter finishes double 12 to win his first leg of the game, only for Anderson to open leg two with a 160 score before levelling on double four and move 2-1 up on tops. Painter levels with a 108 finish, but Anderson is first to a finish in the decider before finishing 68 on tops to double his advantage to two sets.
Third Set 3-1 – The pair trade the first two legs of set three, before Anderson is punished for failing to close out the third as Painter lands tops to move 2-1 and then hits double ten to wrap up the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 - Anderson lands double 19 to win the set’s opening leg, and the pair trade 180s in the enxt two legs as the Scot moves a leg away from the win. Painter takes leg four to level the set, and when Anderson scores 145 to leave 36, the Rugby-based ace takes out a stunning 152 finish to save the game, take the set and level the contest.
Fifth Set 1-3 – Anderson bounces back strongly by hitting a 180 and finishing 72 to win the opening leg before taking out 116 for a 2-0 lead. Painter hits a 180 in a 12-darter as he hits back, and follows the Scot’s 160 to open leg four by kicking off with 152 and adding a 180 – but he is only able to watch on as Anderson takes out 101 to secure his semi-final place.

Kevin Painter beats Adrian Lewis

Kevin Painter beats Adrian Lewis with a 3 set run (Pic Lustig/PDC)


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