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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Seems like most ‘artists’ hate him?
I never could understand why?
Because most “artists” secretly want to be rich and famous.
But all other “artists” should be “starving artists.”
Their hatred, like most hatred, is rooted in “coveting.”
They can Say and Hate the guy as much as they want but .. The man does some beautiful work.
I have an original, personally signed work of his and ‘It’s Incredible’! (Bought it back when I had a job) 8-(
Don’t know about that, but does anyone know what the fraud case is about?
But all other artists should be starving artists.
I always guessed most modern artist hated him because his art was loved by the common man.
His art did not offend the sensibilities of the traditional folk. It wasnt dangerous and it did not challenge traditional values.
It was too commercial and expressed traditional themes.
In a few words it was not liberal.
If I remember correctly it was that he produced more than the contracted number of prints of his paintings.
The artsy-fartsy crowd hates him with a cold blue passion.
He laughs all the way to the bank.
“While not singling out [Thomas Kinkade] in its finding of fraud, the panel ruled that the Morgan Hill, Calif.-based company and one of its executives, Richard F. Barnett, “failed to disclose material information” that would have dissuaded Karen Hazlewood and Jeffrey Spinello from investing $122,000 to open the first of their two Virginia galleries in 1999.”
Gallery Owners Win Ruling in Kinkade Case
Los Angeles Times
Author: Kim Christensen
Date: Feb 24, 2006
Start Page: C.1
Section: Business; Part C; Business Desk
What's next- Bob Ross barricaded and in a shootout with the cops?
Gotta watch these painters man, all the time. Never turn your back.
Contemporary artists dislike Kinkaid because he is successful because his work sells to people who don`t care about most contemporary art. These artists make art that is `important` not for its beauty but because it is about the right subjects, usually bashing Christianity and conservative values. Their work is indeed sophisticated—it is art aimed at other artists. Kinkaid`s work is closer to illustration. I find it pleasant but repetitive, but nothing special, but it`s cool that his work pleases people. 99% of contemporary art is meant to annoy, and the artists then get angrier because no one wants these annoying objects.
It is always about the fumes. I use a Sharpie every chance I get...
The "Painter of Light" could have a field day with something like this.
Jackson Pollock, who painted the crap on the right, is praised as a "great" "artist" even though what he paints looks like something most of our children can poop out.
If it was possible for me to jump into a paintings, it would be one of his.
Kinkade is clearly a talented painter. But his art has always been rather boring to me, kind of like the generic winter neighborhood scene that always adorns the fronts of Christmas cards.
I don’t get what the “fraud” is about, though. Producing more prints than contracted appears to be a contract issue, not a fraud issue. And the other—about opening the two galleries—just doesn’t make much sense.
That would be a little difficult, since Bob Ross passed away on July 4, 1995 from cancer.
We hate him because:
he’s a confectioner, not an artist.
He’s also a scumbag He contracted with a gallery, promising exclusive rights to offer his wares. Then contracted with their competitors for half the price. Two courts have reached this conclusion.
Maybe when he gets this behind him he can turn his had to a medium he’s better suited to : butter, sugar, sprinkles..
Sooo... most artists paint like modern classical music, but this guy paints like John Rutter or John Williams. I can’t knock them. The sweetness makes me vaguely nauseous, but technique is brilliant.
I’d have to agree with all that you said. The fact that he tried to communicate “Christian” themes in the artist-era of “Piss Christ” is probably another reason for their pathological hatred, similar to their hatred of George W. Bush after he cited the name of “Jesus” when asked which philosopher most affected his life. A generic “god” answer is barely acceptable. But to use the name of “Jesus” is a sacrilege to the PC godheads.
For Kincaid haters
What an inspiration!
The link says it all. Why Kinkade would encourage investors to open exclusive art galleries and then undercut them is unbelievable. Good for the Va couple to get justice. Unfortunately it took 8 years and financially ruined them along the way.
Can’t speak for anyone else, but his paintings are trite, formulaic and a little silly (you’d have to have a four-alarm fire roaring in every one of those houses to produce that orange glow in every window).
Hamburger Helper isn’t necessarily a bad product, but I don’t blame classically trained chefs for having some disdain for it. Same thing here.
plinyelder wrote: “Seems like most artists hate him?I never could understand why?”
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One of the reasons is that many of his “original paintings” are not paintings at all, but “giclees.”
Giclee is a fancy word that means a photo reproduced by a computer ink-jet printer onto canvas. Kinkade then has subcontractor painters daub a little actual paint here and there to create the illusion that it’s a real painting.
There is nothing wrong with producing and selling giclees. It’s a valid form of art. But the buyers must understand what they are paying their money for.
Unfortunately, many of the buyers of these works were not clearly informed of the actual nature of the work they had purchased. That Antique Roadshow program on TV was continually turning away people who said things like, “Whadya mean, it’s not a one-of-a-kind oil painting. I paid $800 for it! It *must* be real.”
In other words — putting aside the issue of whether Kincaide’s work is repetitious, over-sentimentalized kitsch — many painters don’t like what they consider Kincaide’s dishonest way of treating his buyers. Cheating the art-buying public tends to hurt the honest artists.
As for people who think artists hate Kincaide’s work because it is pro-Christian or pro-conservative, that is naive. There is plenty of pro-Christian art out there. Support those artists by buying their work. (Just make sure you understand what it is that you are buying).
Personally, I’m looking forward to his Prison Cell series.
Bob Ross died several years ago.... RIP
I wouldn't trust anything from him as an original in the past 15 years. Also his pervasive use of giclee's rubs me the wrong way too.
Prepare to invest $25-$50K, and as I said earlier, get an earlier work with pristine provenance.
Sac/Bee reported Kinkade’s company owes 1,000-5,000 creditors a total of $10-50 million, according to bankruptcy documents. A list of creditors more than 100 pages long was appended to the bankruptcy filing. It included a cardboard-box company in Sacramento, the state Board of Equalization and small art galleries in Folsom, Auburn and Elk Grove. At the top of the list were Karen Hazelwood and Jeff Spinello, Virginia gallery owners to whom Kinkade’s company said it owed almost $2.4 million. The debt stemmed from a fraud claim the couple won in arbitration in 2006. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the award last June.
CBS’ 60 Minutes segment said Kinkade sells more than art. There is a whole array of Kinkade-branded items on the market. “Thomas Kinkade is a multi-dimensional lifestyle brand, similar to Martha Stewart or Ralph Lauren,” says Kinkade. “You can put a Thomas Kinkade couch beneath your Thomas Kinkade painting. Next to the Thomas Kinkade couch goes the Thomas Kinkade end table. On top of that goes your collection of Thomas Kinkade books, Thomas Kinkade collectibles, Thomas Kinkade throw rugs. You can snuggle your Thomas Kinkade teddy bear.” And, he adds, “You can put all of that inside your new Thomas Kinkade home in the Thomas Kinkade subdivision.” More than 100 homes, all modeled on his cutesy, cozy cottages, have been built in Vallejo, Calif., outside San Francisco.
Or snide. Whatever.
Because he blows?
I love his paintings. Hopefully he will get the help with alcohol he needs. He can easily survive this. The embarassment won’t last. Just get up and deal with the consequences and get on with your life and NEVER make this mistake again.
Boy that guy gets around. He sure has kept himself busy since those early New Orleans Days.
It’s cloying, it’s sentimental, it’s idealized, it’s even tacky and can be found on the walls of the finest ‘modular’ homes but God help me I can’t say I don’t have some appreciation for his work.
Norman Rockwell had similar criticism in his time. Mind you I’m not comparing Rockwell to Kinkade.
But does he sell a Kincaid snuggie?
You are sooooooooooo bad! LOL!
I’m waiting for Thomas Kinkade fuzzy socks.
My brother once made the classic comment “anyone could do that” regarding Pollock.
Then it occurred to him to try.
Turns out its much harder than it looks.
Same with me -- I've got this print on my bathroom wall:
When I had it refurbished, I used tile that looks like the road in this one, my towels are pine green, they exactly match his art. I use furniture instead of traditional bathroom cabinets and best of all, the light fixture is a carriage lamp, the ones the home stores sell for outside the front door entryway -- the bath re-do came out charming.
Jackson Pollack was a fair to middling artist, as evidenced in his earlier topographic work. He said absolutely nothing except to himself. But he goes to show the power of the wordpress on the pseudo-intellectual phonies of the urban world. Kind of like Barack Obama.
His work is idealized, but I’m sort of idealistic myself. However, I never got past the statement in the article that he was DUI. I have zero sympathy for that. My dad died a few months ago from injuries related to a drunk driving accident. To guys like Kincaid, I say be my guest and drink yourself into a stupor—but don’t turn your car into a potential lethal weapon.
Then it occurred to him to try.
Turns out its much harder than it looks.
My daughter is 19 months old and she can doodle the same sort of thing with crayons and magic markers.