Skip to comments.Painter Of Light Arrested (Thomas Kinkade)
Posted on 06/15/2010 2:13:18 AM PDT by plinyelder
The painter of light is having a dark period.
Thomas Kinkade, the Placerville native who became one of the world's wealthiest artists with his sentimental landscapes and Christian motifs, has had a string of legal troubles.
His company owes millions of dollars to art gallery owners who successfully pressed fraud claims.
Earlier this month the firm filed for bankruptcy protection from those gallery owners and hundreds of other creditors.
And on Friday, the 52-year-old Kinkade, who calls himself "the painter of light," was arrested on a DUI charge outside Carmel, where he owns a home.
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Mr. Kincaid's "art" is popular for the same reason McDonald's sells a lot of Big Macs: because most people are social retards with the palate of a four year old child. Calling his stuff "art" is like putting a Quarter Pounder on a silver tray and calling it "cuisine".
Fact: Most people are ignorant and have no taste. Good taste has to be trained into a person; it does not "come naturally" except to a tiny minority. In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle points out that a good education consists of "having been definitely trained from childhood to like and dislike the proper things" 1.
This is why the world was in general a more beautiful place back before the advent of democracy, when we had an educated, worldly cultural elite setting the tastes of society by fiat. In today's America, however, "good taste" equals "whatever gets the suburban white trash hot". Thus the popularity of Dancing With the Stars, Lite beer, car racin', and other brain-dead delights: in Amurrica, we don't need no stuck-up city slicker with a funny name tellin' us whut a purty pitcher is saposta look lahk. "Yew ain't no better'n me!"
This is why today's most popular TV shows, movies, fashion trends, and music are so bad -- because our culture no longer believes in training children to recognize excellence. Instead, we revel in our schlock, and get all indignant when someone points out that the stuff we think is caviar is actually dog crap.
I think many artists and critics hold his work as “decorative” painting. Sorry, I don’t think of him as a serious artist, just a very good technical painter and marketing genius. I find it hilarious that people spend as much as they do on machine produced PRINTS of his work. NOT even originals. He’s sort of like the Franklin Mint Co. of Painters...
One of my prized artworks is a print signed by Sir Douglas Bader and Gen Adolf Galland, of the only time the two met in combat.
I got it many years ago for about $50.
Kinkade-made license plates may be available soon.
In my opinion, Mr. Kincaid is the modern-day version of a 1970s Chevy Van artist. He might as well be painting pictures of Sylvester Stallone riding a unicorn.
Once heard someone describe his painting as the candy floss of art.
The 100-watt lights blazing in every house in the middle of every day is illogical as well. The power bills in Kinkadeville must be sky-high. The fire log bills must be steep too.
He’s hated (by some) because he paints what many people want to see; and thus, what will sell: an idealized world of sentiment and warmth.
Jackson Pollock dripped and slopped paint from the rafters of his studio onto huge canvases spread on the floor. Anyone could do the same following that method. If he didn’t like the results he just slopped more paint until he got a look that pleased him.
Why can’t Kinkaide’s works be impressionistic? If he thinks an orange glow from windows will be appealing, if not realistic, so what?
Because the real Impressionists knew what they were doing when they painted light. Kinkade just makes you wonder why every light in the house is blazing on a sunny day.
Was there years ago. Interesting building (Frank Lloyd Wright) I think....but what was inside was silly...The walkway was a ramp that circled the lobby and took you up several stories...
The lobby at that time had a large slab of foam rubber and there were a couple of people making out on it....Laughed myself silly and I like modern art...
There may be merit in what you say but can you or anyone explain to me the 'value' or 'appeal' of that guy's art .. the one who cut his ear off? (Vangoy, van Gogh?) Trash .. in my poor and humble opinion.
As a Texan I am partial to Windberg though. I have an original that I am quite proud of.
Kinkade was arrested and spent one night in jail. He was released the next day after posting bail.
He’s a skilled craftsman.
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night (1889). Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Meaning no offense, but are you telling me that you honestly cannot perceive the beauty of this work by van Gogh? I'm not trying to put you down or be a smart-aleck -- I really want to know. An appreciation of van Gogh's work comes naturally to most people.
Looks like any night .. after a LONG bout with the tequila!
(BTW, I think that my daughters 6 year old can do better)
Sorry .. Just my UN-educated ‘artistic’ eye.
There’s one lovely Kinkade print that was posted on FR a few years back - probably during the time he was being investigated for scamming investors.
I think it was called “Cthulhu and Lighthouse”
I’ve searched high and low for it but cannot find it.
NautiNurse, check out #26!
“Will they revoke his artistic license?”
How about running him out of Carmel?
I agree that there is some delusional “hate” out there for anything that has even a hint of a “Christian” message. However, the Kinkade paintings do not pass muster as refined art. There are issues with his perspective and lighting. Look at the shadows on the ground in any of his paintings and you will determine that the world he paints in has more than one Sun (at least two in every painting). Having said that, I have a gallery proof of “Hometown Lake” in my dining room that was appraised at $4k, putting it in the price range of art that should not have these types of errors. I like playing with the light dimmer to change the appearance in the painting. Regardless of imperfections that most people would not notice, they are beautiful pictures.
35-40 years ago, Van Gogh’s work was exhibited in St. Louis and I saw it there. Maybe it’s just the internet perspective; in person, up close, the pictures are just incredibly powerful and beautiful. They are painted so skillfully that they almost seem to emit light, his self-portrait esp.
I own the “Apple Hill Victorian” (Springtime At Heartwick House Camino) which is a P/P #7 of 95.
I was offered $7500.00 for it last year.
Not in the Van Gogh arena but .. not bad considering that I paid $500.00 (including the frame)!
To paraphrase Don McLean, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as him...
Ah, I remember that thread. Just about wet my pants laughing.
That Kinkade parody (”Cthulhu and Lighthouse”)was from a Kinkade-wrecking contest on somethingawful.com. We’re not allowed to link there, and I can’t find any way to search their forums.
I think I’ll try to find the old thread in the archives.
I remember you posting a really funny one of a Lebanese woman shrieking in front of one of Kinkade’s cottages.
We’re also on the lookout for “Cthulhu and Lighthouse.”
With lots of trees, flowers, and waterfalls!
To all those complaining on the thread......just buy his work in the form of puzzles. Works for me.
My wife has a particular distaste for him because of the unethical way in which he markets his work. He runs of 15,000 prints of an image and then sections them off into smaller “limited” editions to make them appear more exclusive.
In short, he does everything to give his work the image of an investment when he’s actually flooded the market with little more than expensive posters.
Trying to find it now.
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