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Thomas Kinkade - "Painter of Light" - Dies
AP ^ | 4/7/12 | John S. Marshall

Posted on 04/06/2012 10:33:54 PM PDT by boatbums

California artist Thomas Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches were big sellers for dealers across the country, died Friday, a family spokesman said.

Kinkade, 54, died at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes, David Satterfield said.

Kinkade's sentimental paintings, with their scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, were beloved by middlebrow America but reviled by the art establishment.

The paintings generally depict tranquil scenes with lush landscaping and streams running nearby. Many contain images from Bible passages.

Kinkade, a self-described devout Christian, claimed to be the nation's most collected living artist. His paintings and spin-off products were said to fetch some $100 million a year in sales, and to be in 10 million homes in the United States.

"I'm a warrior for light," he told the San Jose Mercury News in 2002, in reference to his technical skills but also the medieval practice of using light to symbolize the divine. "With whatever talent and resources I have, I'm trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: davidsatterfield; etoh; kinkade; painteroflight; thomaskinkade
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I have grown to love this artist's technique and the uplifting nature and gentleness of his paintings. He was a Christian and his work brought out the grace and wondrous beauty of our Creator. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.
1 posted on 04/06/2012 10:33:59 PM PDT by boatbums
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To: boatbums

He was only 54 years old...RIP.


2 posted on 04/06/2012 10:36:07 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (There are only two classes of people left in the U.S. - Producers and Parasites.)
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To: boatbums

Wow he was young, i had no idea.

His paintings are magical.

RIP


3 posted on 04/06/2012 10:36:22 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: boatbums
Prayers to his family. Very sad news.
4 posted on 04/06/2012 10:38:15 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: boatbums
His paintings were lovely, as you can see.
5 posted on 04/06/2012 10:39:17 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: mowowie

If you ever have the chance to see his work displayed in an art gallery where they can raise and lower the lighting on the pictures, you really CAN see their magical nature. I was amazed at how different the same painting could be just by changing the lighting. His works that included Scripture passages were quite inspirational and it’s probably why the “Art Establishment” turned up their collective noses at it. Us plain folk sure love it, though, and I think that is who he aimed for anyway. I’ll bet his work goes up in value, now.


6 posted on 04/06/2012 10:43:19 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Beowulf9

It’s funny but growing up Kinkades paintings was the America that i wanted to grow up in and live.
It’s one of the reasons why i am so depressed nowadays.
I’m sure by far i am not the only one to think so...

Imagine living in that sweet glowing cottage by the lake without a single worry in the world, or skating on that frozen pond with Christmas trees and Hot Chocolate waiting for you on shore...


7 posted on 04/06/2012 10:46:43 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Beowulf9
This was one of my favorites. I also liked the many lighthouse and seascape scenes, as well.


8 posted on 04/06/2012 10:51:30 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

Yes his work was very nice.

I have a folder on my hard drive dating back to 1998 or so when i started downloading his paintings and saving them.

That folder has lasted at least 6 hard drives by now.
I think i’ll go check it out, it’s been a while....


9 posted on 04/06/2012 10:52:48 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Beowulf9
This one is really good with the special lighting applied to it.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 10:54:02 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Beowulf9
This one is also really good with the special lighting applied to it.


11 posted on 04/06/2012 10:58:08 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums
...were beloved by middlebrow America but reviled by the art establishment.

Elitist gibe noted.

R.I.P. Mr. Kinkade.

12 posted on 04/06/2012 11:00:20 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: Beowulf9
This one is appropriate for this time of celebrating our Savior's resurrection.


13 posted on 04/06/2012 11:01:00 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

“....but reviled by the art establishment”

I wonder why?
Nevermind, I know why.


14 posted on 04/06/2012 11:01:57 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: boatbums

I like that one. If I could take a photograph like that I would be supremely happy.


15 posted on 04/06/2012 11:05:30 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: boatbums

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nv7Qicg2Og&feature=relmfu


16 posted on 04/06/2012 11:05:30 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: boatbums
Kinkade's sentimental paintings, with their scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, were beloved by middlebrow America but reviled by the art establishment...Many contain images from Bible passages.

Hated by the 'art establishment' because of his technique or because Thomas was a Christian? Which is it, ASSociated Press?

Prayers for his family. He was truly gifted. Always loved his Christmas themed paintings such as this:


17 posted on 04/06/2012 11:08:23 PM PDT by Nasher
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To: boatbums
Us plain folk sure love it, though, and I think that is who he aimed for anyway.

For exactly the same reason that Obama is targeting the middle income people.
18 posted on 04/06/2012 11:09:15 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: boatbums
Love this one, too.


19 posted on 04/06/2012 11:11:35 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Nasher

I could look at those paintings all day.

The good ‘ole days
sigh....


20 posted on 04/06/2012 11:12:16 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: boatbums

He left the world a more beautiful place. What a great artist. He attributed his talent to God.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 11:12:53 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: mowowie

Oh yes. I always wanted to live in one of his magical cottages. So beautiful and the magic of the lights in all his works. He shared a great gift with the world.


22 posted on 04/06/2012 11:17:10 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: boatbums
Rest in peace, Mr. Kinkade. May the Lord grace your family with comfort and peace during this time and console them with the knowledge that you will be together again one day.


23 posted on 04/06/2012 11:18:06 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

They forgot to mention that besides his beautiful paintings, Mr. Kinkade was also the manager of the Patridge family.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 11:22:34 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: Nasher
54 is way too young....the good do indeed seem to die young, witness I'm still around and am older than TK....lol...

God speed Mr. Kincaide...God speed....

25 posted on 04/06/2012 11:24:05 PM PDT by cherry
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To: boatbums

Earlier thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2869173/posts


26 posted on 04/06/2012 11:24:14 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: Albion Wilde

Can I shill for my sister’s work???

http://www.artupstairs.com/

aloha

zig


27 posted on 04/06/2012 11:26:04 PM PDT by zigmeisterxiv
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To: boatbums

28 posted on 04/06/2012 11:30:31 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

:)


29 posted on 04/06/2012 11:40:20 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Nasher

I definitely wish I was walking along that snowy street going to that Christmas party. Wow. I never paid attention to his work before. Nice.

RIP.


30 posted on 04/06/2012 11:42:39 PM PDT by Yaelle (Let's fight Romney with every primary. Why make it easy for him? Go Rick!)
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To: zigmeisterxiv

Nice! Very strong compositions, and she really conveys a sense of place. Thanks for sharing that site.


31 posted on 04/06/2012 11:44:29 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
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To: zigmeisterxiv

Very nice.
Thanks for sharing


32 posted on 04/06/2012 11:56:36 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: Beowulf9

That’s a nice departure from the snow-covered-cozily-lit-cottage-by-the-stream theme.


33 posted on 04/06/2012 11:59:15 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Albion Wilde

I did a search for “Kinkade” before I posted this and nothing but a post from 2010 showed up. Honest! Maybe this one can be the “nice” thread. :o)


34 posted on 04/07/2012 12:06:40 AM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

ironic he died on good Friday.


35 posted on 04/07/2012 12:35:01 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: RedStateRocker

thank you ...

z


36 posted on 04/07/2012 12:40:01 AM PDT by zigmeisterxiv
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To: boatbums

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


37 posted on 04/07/2012 2:50:01 AM PDT by stpio
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To: boatbums

Beautiful Pictures, Post and Articles! Thanks!

Thomas Kinkade was to these decades as was Nowman Rockwell in our decades (us 70+; I’m 78)

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15)


38 posted on 04/07/2012 3:05:05 AM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: boatbums
We loved his paintings as well until we talked to some of the dealers. Apparently he would force dealers into selling his inventory. In many cases some of the dealers went bankrupted. We never bought a Kinkade and after that I could never bring myself to consider purchasing one.

I don't understand Christians who act this way. In the end, we take nothing with us as he has just found out.

Thomas Kinkade Lawsuit

39 posted on 04/07/2012 3:40:49 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: GOP Poet

That was not lost on me either. Heaven needed a good Artist I guess.


40 posted on 04/07/2012 4:48:16 AM PDT by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: Nasher
Kinkade's sentimental paintings, with their scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, were beloved by middlebrow America but reviled by the art establishment...Many contain images from Bible passages.

Hated by the 'art establishment' because of his technique or because Thomas was a Christian? Which is it, ASSociated Press?

Prayers for his family. He was truly gifted. Always loved his Christmas themed paintings such as this:

His paintings were nice ... like a modern-day Currier and Ives.


41 posted on 04/07/2012 5:09:51 AM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: marygam

Heaven NEEDED a good “A”rtist???? I don’t think so. Heaven is the abode of the everlasting, eternal, self-sufficient, triune Creator and sustanier of the universe whose glory is far more than we can handle in these bodies. Heaven is filled to the brim with His Glory and does not need anything man to add anything to Who He is or What He has done. There is only one true “Artist”, and that is God Himself. Kincaid was just a sinner. We hope that he was saved by grace. If not, it is too late. If so, then now he knows what true “art” is. Jesus Christ is true beauty.


42 posted on 04/07/2012 5:29:26 AM PDT by lupie
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To: Nasher

Reviled why? Marketing, I imagine. Seems he made a few nice pictures, then marketed the **** out of them. Like Disney, persuaded customers to buy references to sentimental stories.


43 posted on 04/07/2012 5:42:16 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: boatbums

Kincade dies


44 posted on 04/07/2012 5:43:22 AM PDT by quintr
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To: boatbums

Prices are being marked up at garage sales all over the south. It’s schlock art best viewed while eating a “Happy Meal.” This fine art is best hung between the Billy-Bass and the Jackalope.


45 posted on 04/07/2012 5:44:19 AM PDT by Babba Gi
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I disagree. They are sentimental, but they are good art. The sophisticates hate sentimentality. They also hate Christians. Ergo, their disdain. This is not “velvet Elvis.” This is more of a classic style that will survive the ages.

And why the gratuitous slap at the South? These paintings are equally popular in every part of the nation, Canada, and all over the world.

Have you ever been to a sidewalk art show in New York? Talk about shlock!


46 posted on 04/07/2012 5:54:07 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: boatbums

That’s so sad.
Rip, Mr. Kinkade.


47 posted on 04/07/2012 6:02:17 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: HarleyD

There are always two sides to every story; and Christ is ultimately the judge we’ll all have to face.


48 posted on 04/07/2012 6:06:00 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: WashingtonSource
They are sentimental, but they are good art.

Respectfully, he couldn't hold a candle to Paul Landry or William S. Phillips. Two of my favorite paintings are Landry's "It's A Wonderful Christmas" and Phillips' "Cape Neddick Dawn". See below:




49 posted on 04/07/2012 6:07:36 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

“They forgot to mention that besides his beautiful paintings, Mr. Kinkade was also the manager of the Patridge family.”

Thanks - you made me squirt coffee out of my nose!


50 posted on 04/07/2012 6:13:20 AM PDT by mkleesma (`Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.')
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