Skip to comments.Thomas Kinkade - "Painter of Light" - Dies
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
That’s so sad.
Rip, Mr. Kinkade.
There are always two sides to every story; and Christ is ultimately the judge we’ll all have to face.
“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!
Thus said Fraiser Crane, while Niles leans against a wall gasping for breath! Yes I agree. I always hated that it was required that I love his work. Every christian family had one. “if Kincaid is good enough for Jesus, he is good enough for me!”
People collect poster art, some of which commands a pretty hefty premium. Nothing wrong with that. I suspect a lot of the hostility to Kinkade stems from the fact that he was so openly commercial, and made money.
I dunno. I like NASCAR, bluegrass music, grilling a big ol' T-bone over charcoal, and driving ATV's all round my mountain property.
But I have Lautrec and Magritte prints on my office and living room wall, and yeah, I'd be embarrassed to put a Kinkade up next to them.
It's almost like taste is a personal thing or sumpin....
Thanks, a couple of his better ones.
Whoops. Thanks tanknetter, “Cape Neddick” looked uncharacteristic of Kincade’s, I just didn’t read carefully.
This one’s big. Look at the sticker the woman is wearing.
If people haven’t been able to see a Kinkade original, please see if you can. Yes, many of us have prints or other sundries, but the real McCoys really are something to see. There’s an archive in Monterey.