He is a prodigy (just expressing my opinion on why I think he is one, not forcing it on anybody
) for the simple reason that "that natural instinct" is so developed for his age. Now yes he must paint a lot so that helps but still, for it to have developed so quickly on such a young brain, even with a lot of practice, is NOT something every talented child can do. His self discipline and joy of painting is also impressive! I loev to paint but I would never be able to do it almost every day, it would drive me crazy! I love painting but it drains me because I concentrate so hard.
I have a good instinct for shapes (when drawing) and naturally I know what to do with paint when it comes to mixing colors or how to achieve the effect I want, (this without ever learning from anybody), I've always had... but when I was nine I was far from being able to achieve anything remotely close. I tried, but my artistic skills still had to develop because I couldn't grasp certain concepts yet. I am a very much a perfectionist and notice all details, yet only now could I paint something almost as good as he.
His paintings may look simple, and yes there isn't a multitude of layering necessary to achieve what he does, but that's the point! His style is simple, but so drastically to the point that it looks real!
But then if you look in his gallery and go to the section of his exhibition pieces for 2011, you'll see that in a span of a year suddenly he's doing work that actually requires more layering and a very good eye for color and form. My Work
(the sunset on the beach I mean)
The point is... He's only nine and look what he can do, imagine when he turns 40! Obviously if he was 20 people wouldn't consider him anything... probably be another starving artist... But he's ONLY 9 years old!