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.

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

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, or maybe his new Winmau signature darts, available in 22g and 24g weights, visit his new official merchandise shop.


Kevin is a regular on Sky Sports and ITV4, taking part in most of the televised PDC darts tournaments, 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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Kevin Painter at the 2018 World Championships

THE William Hill World Darts Championship continues on Monday with four further games at Alexandra Palace.

The players seeded fourth and fifth, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic, enter the action as they face Ronny Huybrechts and Kevin Painter respectively.

Mark Webster then takes on the winner of the night’s preliminary round tie between legendary veteran star Paul Lim and Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung.

Monday’s play sees number five seed Mensur Suljovic take on 2004 World Championship finalist Kevin Painter, while World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney plays Ronny Huybrechts and Mark Webster takes on either Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung or Singapore’s Paul Lim.

William Hill World Darts Championship
Preliminary & First Rounds, 
Monday December 18 (7pm)

Kai Fan Leung v Paul Lim (P)
Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter
Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts
Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim


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Kevin Painter At the 2017 UK Open

Below are some great photo’s of Kevin playing on stage 2 in Minehead, during the 3rd Round of the UK Open this year. Unfortunately for The Artists fans, he lost the game against Chris Dobey.

UK Open round 3

UK Open round 3 – Kev throwing on stage 2 (Pic Lustig/PDC)

UK Open round 3 – Kev throwing on stage 2 (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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2017 UK Open Qualifier Results

The 2017 PDC darts season has started with a bang now, with UK Open qualifiers coming thick n fast, each 3 day weekend stuffed full of quality players trying to qualify for the TV tournament in Minehead.  Kevin will obviously be looking to start the year strongly, to get his form going and his ranking improved again to ensure he gets on more TV tournaments.

UPDATE:  After the six qualifiers, Kevin had a couple of great weekends, seeing him qualify 24th, well within the important top 32!

Qualifier 1

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Jason Wilson
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Jamie Lewis
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Round 4:  Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Kevin Painter

Qualifier 2

Prelim:  Kevin Painter 6-4 John Part
Round 1:  Mick Todd 6-3 Kevin Painter

Qualifier 3

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Steve West
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Justin Pipe
Round 4:  Mervyn King 6-1 Kevin Painter

Qualifier 4

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Dean Stewart
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Antonio Alcinas
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Round 4:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Round 5:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
1/4 Final:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Michael Smith
Semi Final:  Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Kevin Painter

Painter’s run to the semi-finals, his first run to the last four since July 2014, also included some very impressive scalps.

The former Players Champion defeated Dean Stewart and Antonio Alcinas to reach his board final, where he edged out Daryl Gurney 6-5.  In the last 32, Painter then saw off Terry Jenkins and five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and produced a stunning come-from-behind victory against Michael Smith before falling to Van Gerwen in the final four.

2017 Coral UK Open Order of Merit
Qualifier 5

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Mark Hylton
Round 3:  Brendan Dolan 6-5 Kevin Painter

2017 Coral UK Open Order of Merit
Qualifier 6

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Ian Lever
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Round 3:  Peter Wright 6-3 Kevin Painter

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The Artist at the 2017 World Championships

Kevin know’s he was a lucky man to be at Alexandra Palace this year, after  being 33rd in the order of merit (outside the top 32 who qualify), but then Australian Kyle Anderson had via issues so could not take his place, and Kevin was  put through in his place.

A little luck is always needed in sport though, and it’s how the Artist uses that which matters.  He was drawn against someone very well known to Kevin, Jamie ‘Jabba’ Caven, and they had the honour of starting the world biggest darts tournament, all live on Sky Sports Darts, the dedicated channel for these world championships.  The games are all of longer length, being played in sets – the first round is first to 3 sets.

Kevin wins his 1st round match

Kevin wins his 1st round match (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Round 1:   Kevin Painter 3-1 Jamie Caven

Caven took the first leg on double 18 but Painter responded with the first 180 of the tournament and levelled by landing double five. He then broke Caven’s throw before adding another maximum as he clinched the opening set with a clean 76 finish.

Painter took a fourth consecutive leg by finishing 54 but missed darts to win each of the next three legs and Caven punished him, taking the set 3-1 to level the tie.

Caven won the first two legs to make it five on the spin but Painter hit back, firing in his third 180 to stop the rot and went on to take the next three legs and the set, winning the decider with a 14-darter.

Painter made it six legs on the spin to seal victory, adding a fourth 180 and finishing in style as he landed the bull to complete a 124 checkout.


Tuesday December 27
Evening Session (8pm)

Round 2:  Phil Taylor 4-0 Kevin Painter

1-0 (3-1)
Taylor started in an incredible fashion, taking out a fabulous 167 finish to break, having handed Painter the darts to start the match. Taylor then hit a 180 and landed double eight before Painter took out 101. Taylor took the set, though, pinning double eight.

2-0 (3-1)
Taylor took out 86 but Painter replied in style with a 121 finish. Taylor then nailed double 16 and double one to open up a two-set lead.

3-0 (3-2)
Painter hit a 180 as he move ahead in the set before Taylor levelled by cleaning up 74. Painter then took out 68 but missed three darts to win the set and was duly punished as Taylor pinned double two. The 16-time World Champion then landed double 12 to move three sets clear.

4-0 (3-0)
Taylor hit double 18 and double ten to take the first two legs and he added a second 180 before taking out 60 for the match.

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Kevin Draws Jamie Caven in the 2017 World Championships

The William Hill World Darts Championship will take place at Alexandra Palace, London from December 15-January 2, and will be shown live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel as part of a festive season which includes Premier League football, EFL and Test match cricket.

The draw was made on Nov 28th and Kevin was pulled out against someone he knows very well, Jamie ‘Jabba’ Caven.
2016/2017 William Hill World Darts Championship

Draw Bracket

1 Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands) V Ross Snook/Kim Viljanen
32 Cristo Reyes (Spain) V Dimitri Van den Bergh
16 Stephen Bunting (England) V Darren Webster
17 Simon Whitlock (Australia) V Boris Koltsov/Dragutin Horvat
8 Mensur Suljovic (Austria) V Ron Meulenkamp
25 Mark Webster (Wales) V Joe Murnan
9 Robert Thornton (Scotland) V Zoran Lerchbacher/Simon Stevenson
24 Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland) V Jermaine Wattimena
5 Adrian Lewis (England) V Magnus Caris
28 Joe Cullen (England) V Qiang Sun/Corey Cadby
12 Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands) V Robbie Green
21 Alan Norris (England) V John Michael
4 Phil Taylor (England) V John Bowles/David Platt
29 Jamie Caven (England) V Kevin Painter
13 Kim Huybrechts (Belgium) V James Wilson
20 Vincent van der Voort (Netherlands) V Max Hopp
2 Gary Anderson (Scotland) V Mark Frost
31 John Henderson (Scotland) V Andrew Gilding
15 Benito van de Pas (Netherlands) V Tengku Shah/Masumi Chino
18 Terry Jenkins (England) V Josh Payne
7 Dave Chisnall (England) V Rowby-John Rodriguez
26 Justin Pipe (England) V Chris Dobey
10 Jelle Klaasen (Netherlands) V Jeffrey de Graaf
23 Brendan Dolan (Northern Ireland) V Christian Kist
6 James Wade (England) V Ronny Huybrechts
27 Steve Beaton (England) V Devon Petersen
11 Michael Smith (England) V Ricky Evans
22 Mervyn King (England) V Steve West
3 Peter Wright (Scotland) V Jerry Hendriks/Warren Parry
30 Jamie Lewis (Wales) V Mick McGowan
14 Ian White (England) V Kevin Simm/Gilbert Ulang
19 Gerwyn Price (Wales) V Jonny Clayton


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Recent Results and Coming Events…

Kevin narrowly missed out making the last 16 in the last European Tour event in Germany, losing 6-5 to Ian White.

2016 HappyBet German Darts Championship
Saturday October 15 – Second Round

et10Gerwyn Price 5-6 David Pallett
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Alan Norris 6-1 Scott Taylor
Simon Whitlock 1-6 Justin Pipe
Stephen Bunting 2-6 Steve West
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Andy Smith
Benito van de Pas 2-6 Cristo Reyes
Ian White 6-5 Kevin Painter
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Peter Hudson
Michael Smith 3-6 Mark Webster
Joe Cullen 6-1 Robert Allenstein
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Darren Johnson
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Peter Wright 6-1 Eddie Dootson
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Robbie Green
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Ted Evetts

Recent Results

Date Tournament Category Round Prize
16/10/2016 PDC German Darts Championship PDC ET Last 32 £1,500
01/10/2016 PDPA Players Championship Ireland 18 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
30/09/2016 PDPA Players Championship Ireland 17 PDC Pro Tour Last 16 £1,500
22/09/2016 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley 16 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
21/09/2016 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley 15 PDC Pro Tour Last 64 £500
20/09/2016 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley 14 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
04/09/2016 PDC International Darts Open PDC ET Last 48 £1,000

Coming Darts…

There’s more flour tournaments coming this month in Barnsley, with TV tournament qualifiers on the 23rd October – a late chance for Kevin to make either the Grand Slam or World Series Finals event.


Oct 21 Players Championship 19 Barnsley
22 Players Championship 20 Barnsley
23 Grand Slam & World Series Finals Qualifiers Barnsley

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Busy Weekend in Barnsley See’s Kevin Qualify for German Darts Championship

Three days in Barnsley saw the Artist back on the ProTour, with Euro tour qualifiers Friday, then two player championships events to follow.

HappyBet German Darts Championship
Barnsley Metrodome, Friday August 5

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (11) 6-2 David Wilson
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Jonny Clayton

Kevin qualifiers for the German European tour event.

Players Championship 12
Barnsley Metrodome, Saturday August 6

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (30) 6-4 Alan Tabern
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Brian Woods
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Ian White
Round 4:  Daryl Gurney 6-1 Kevin Painter

Players Championship 13
Barnsley Metrodome, Sunday August 7

Round 1:  Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Kevin Painter (29)

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The Artist Signs with New Darting Management Team

darting promotions logo18th July and Kevin ‘the Artist’ Painter signs with a new management team; Darting Promotions (@dartingp on twitter).

After a period of self-management Kevin is delighted to be joining Darting Management and working with Mark Pritchard and his team.

With more and more darts being shown on multiple channels on TV, Kevin knew that an elite player such as himself needs to be with a professional team to help him as he continues his darts career.


We are delighted to announce the signing of Kevin Painter who today has signed a contract with ourselves. We are extremely pleased to be able to complete the signing of one of the best names in darts. Kevin has been a member of the PDC since 2001 and has a fine list of achievements in the game including winning the Players Championship Finals in 2011 and coming Runner Up in the World Championships in 2004. Here’s hoping to a long and successful partnership between ourselves and plenty of success in the future.  – Mark Pritchard, Darting Promotions

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German Darts Masters; PDC Euro Tour

Another big European tour event this weekend, which Kevin qualifier for in his return to form in 2016.  Kevin goes into the tournament full of confidence, and these big stage and big crowd events really suit his game.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Stuart Kellett

Arguably the performance of the day came from former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter, who posted a 101.7 average in a 6-1 victory over Stuart Kellett, despite the Northwich ace agonizingly wiring double 12 for a nine-dart finish earlier on in the contest.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Justin Pipe (16)

Kevin knocks out his friend and 16th Seed Justin Pipe in round 2, pushing Kev’s run into the final day, and his winnings up!

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 2-6 Michael van Gerwen

European Tour Prize Fund

Winner £25,000
Runner-Up £10,000
Semi-Finalists £5,000
Quarter-Finalists £3,500
Last 16 £2,000
Last 32 £1,500
Last 48 £1,000
Total £115,000
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Kevin during his walk-on in Germany (Pic PDC Europe)

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Kevin in Exhibition; Peterborough Masters 2016

Kevin joins five fellow pro’s in one of the east of England’s biggest darts exhibitions of the year, the Peterborough Masters.  Should be a great night, and tickets are on-sale now.

The Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 is Cambridgeshire’s premier head to head professional darts event held in Peterborough, bringing six of the World’s biggest PDC and BDO darts stars to Peterborough to play three head to head matches in one evening for the very first time. This is an event that will capture the imagination of all Darts enthusiasts in the UK – a Darts spectacular for Cambridgeshire that will hopefully become a Peterborough landmark Darts Masters sports event for years to come.

The Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 is sponsored by Amber Dew Events Ltd who are based in Norwich and organised and promoted by Lord Russell Baker of Little Moulton.
The three head to head darts events have been specially selected to ensure huge interest and include the two times back-to-back PDC World Champion and runner-up in 2016 Adrian Lewis and the current 2016 BDO World Champion Scott Waites. The line-up is as follows:

1st Match – Steve Beaton v Kevin Painter (Best of 15 legs)
2nd Match – Dave Chisnall v Scott Waites (Best of 17 legs)
3rd Match – Adrian Lewis v James Wade (Best of 19 legs)

Quite simply not an event to be missed and early purchase of tickets is advised as this event is expected to be a sell-out. So don’t delay and purchase your tickets for the Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 today.  The Cresset box office here.

peterborough mastersThe doors to The Cresset Theatre open at 18:00 and there will be a dedicated VIP room for VIP guests to enjoy meeting and greeting the players and officials on the night with a light finger buffet. The bars in The Cresset Theatre will be open for all other guests at 18:00, with the Darts tournament set to start at around 19:30.
There will also be tickets sold with the prospect of four lucky winners to create two doubles teams to play both Eric Bristow and Keith Deller at doubles on stage in front of an audience exceeding 850 noisy and rapturous darts fans. Make sure someone brings a camera to ensure you are captured ‘in lights’ and able to show your family, friends and work colleagues for years to come. Simply amazing!

A ‘live’ auction will take place on the night with some remarkable memorabilia on offer from the World of sport, plus raffle cards available to win some outstanding darts products from the some of the biggest names in the World of darts – sensational.
The players signed up to play at the Peterborough Masters Darts 2016 evening at The Cresset on Thursday 10th November 2016 are as follows:

Scott Waites – an English darts player who plays in tournaments organised by the British Darts Organisation. Waites is a two time BDO World Darts Champion having won the 2013 tournament and 2016 tournament. He is also a former Winmau World Masters champion, WDF World Cup singles’ champion, Zuiderduin Masters champion, and the only BDO representative to ever win the Professional Darts Corporation Grand Slam of Darts.

Steve Beaton – is an English professional darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). He won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) version of the World Professional Darts Championship in 1996. Beaton made his World Championship debut in 1992, at a time when the world darts championship was still a unified tournament. He lost in the first round to Chris Johns, but he was encouraged by his performance in the same tournament in 1993 when he achieved a huge upset win over the tournament favourite and former world champion, Dennis Priestley, and he also beat another former world champion in Bob Anderson, before losing in the semi-final to Alan Warriner. He became a full-time professional later in 1993 at a time after the split, which saw the WDC players banned from all BDO tournaments – and Beaton went on to win the prestigious Winmau World Masters, beating Les Wallace in the final. When he defended his world title in 1997, Beaton was within the width of the Double 10 wire of reaching the final, but he lost to Marshall James in a tight semi-final match.

Kevin Painter – an English professional darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation tournaments, where he is known as “The Artist”. He is arguably most famous for finishing runner up to Phil Taylor in the 2004 PDC World Championship final, now widely credited as one of the greatest televised matches in the history of the game. He was also the winner of the Players Championship Finals in 2011.

Eric Bristow MBE – (“The Crafty Cockney”) is a former professional English darts player. He was ranked World No. 1 from 1980–81, 1983–85 and 1990, and won five World Championships and five World Masters titles. In the 1980s, Bristow’s skill and personality helped turn darts into a worldwide spectator sport. In 1993, Bristow was one of sixteen top players who broke away from the British Darts Organisation to form their own organisation, which became the Professional Darts Corporation. He retired from competitive darts in 2007 and now works as a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports’ darts coverage.

Keith Deller – an English darts player who won the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship in 1983. He was the first qualifier ever to win the championship and remains one of the youngest champions in history. For his world championship win, Deller used 18-gram spring-loaded darts, later banned for tournament play but now legal again. He no longer uses these darts. Deller is the manager of two-time PDC World Champion Adrian Lewis. Keith is also the reigning Norwich Charity Darts Masters 2015 Champion.

No big stage darts match play tournament would be without the following officials who will be the referee and MC on the night.

Russ Bray – a darts referee who works for the Professional Darts Corporation. He is considered by most to be the best darts referee in the world. He is also known as The Voice, due to his unique style of calling and his raspy voice.

Paul Booth – Paul has appeared as MC on Channel 5 for all the LIVE Boxing events this year, the only UK Boxing MC on terrestrial TV, and established himself as one of the UK’s top all round MC’s, involved in both radio and TV for over 20 years.

Quite simply not an event to be missed and early purchase of tickets is advised as this event is expected to be a sell-out. So don’t delay and purchase your tickets for the Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 today.  The Cresset box office here.

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