Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Thomas Kinkade, one of nation's most popular painters, dies suddenly in Los Gatos at 54
mercurynews.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Mike Rosenberg

Posted on 04/06/2012 8:34:22 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light" and one of most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday at his Los Gatos home. He was 54.

His family said in a statement that his death appeared to be from natural causes.

"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,'' his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his death.''

His paintings are hanging in an estimated 1 of every 20 homes in the United States. Fans cite the warm, familiar feeling of his mass-produced works of art, while it has become fashionable for art critics to dismiss his pieces as tacky. In any event, his prints of idyllic cottages and bucolic garden gates helped establish a brand -- famed for their painted high lights -- not commonly seen in the art world.

"I'm a warrior for light," Kinkade told the Mercury News in 2002, alluding not just to his technical skill at creating light on canvas but to 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."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: badart; inepttalent; kitsch; lowtaste; obit; obituary; rip; thomaskinkade
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-207 next last
To: tsomer

Those are all Kinkade parodies in #27, and there are more of them on the net.


51 posted on 04/06/2012 9:36:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: Rudder
Very cool!

According to Google, your shutterbug was Carlos Miller, a Miami multimedia journalist who has been arrested three times for recording cops in public, to quote his About Me. Attaboy, Carlos!

Now, as to which I'd want to frame and hang, that's a hard question. Do I want a high-contrast image with bright colors and literal truth or a a low-contrast painting reflecting an artist's interpretation? It would depend. Both are neat.

52 posted on 04/06/2012 9:36:52 PM PDT by cynwoody
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: tsomer
Recently discovered masterpiece.


53 posted on 04/06/2012 9:39:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Kinkade landscape after a visit by taggers.


54 posted on 04/06/2012 9:41:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Drango

You tell me, what kind of a person kicks a well-known and generally liked artist that is known for talking about his work and his faith in the same context, the day its reported he dies?

You objectively tell me how that looks.


55 posted on 04/06/2012 9:41:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: ReneeLynn

He wasn’t painting “for the dregs,” he was painting to make cash off the dregs. He was a huckster who sold “collectibles” that in reality were worth a fraction of what he was selling them for. Sort of like those gold coins that Franklin Mint tries to pawn off at outrageous prices; the suckers who fall for it later find out they could have bought a regular bullion coin for a fraction of the cost with a higher resale value.


56 posted on 04/06/2012 9:42:21 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: shibumi

Ping to painting #3


57 posted on 04/06/2012 9:43:47 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Essie; Drango
What an arrogant and nasty comment. Shame on you, but these words are wasted. You are so full of yourself.

It might be poor form to say someone's art was nothing more than commercial marketing on the eve of their death but it was not a nasty comment. It was the truth. Anyone that bought those painting bought into a middle class myth that it was valuable art.

Not trying to say anything nasty myself, just defending someone on FR that chose to speak the truth. FR used to be a place where you could speak the truth. The truth is that "art" is not going to go up in value.

58 posted on 04/06/2012 9:43:54 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Bobalu

Nice. And vastly superior to Kinkade’s pedestrian dreck ...


59 posted on 04/06/2012 9:44:35 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!

Painted by Heironymous Kincaid, I presume.

I love the P-38!

60 posted on 04/06/2012 9:46:22 PM PDT by Rudder
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Essie; Drango

$45 bucks opening bid on ebay...no takers

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thomas-Kinkade-HOMETOWN-CHAPEL-canvas-painting-finish-print-New-/150789671010?pt=Art_Paintings&hash=item231bc3c862


61 posted on 04/06/2012 9:46:51 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Drango
His “art” was vapid and sophomoric.

Which he could easily sell without a National Endowment sugar daddy with a gun pointed at the taxpayer.

62 posted on 04/06/2012 9:47:29 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Norm Lenhart

I like to paint and I would have loved to paint like he did.


63 posted on 04/06/2012 9:51:38 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: ponygirl

So much for the appreciation value of my Beanie Babies.

:)


64 posted on 04/06/2012 9:52:02 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: Drango
His “art” was vapid and sophomoric.

You'd be off to a good start at an 02138 cocktail party, probably with Granny Warren in attendance.

65 posted on 04/06/2012 9:52:04 PM PDT by cynwoody
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

RIP.


66 posted on 04/06/2012 9:53:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Lights Out


67 posted on 04/06/2012 9:53:22 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudder
When he was good, Kinkade was on fire!


68 posted on 04/06/2012 9:56:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]

To: ponygirl

Or maybe those people just liked the paintings?


69 posted on 04/06/2012 9:57:17 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: Drango

Drango, you have the best tagline I’ve ever seen. Did you think it up yourself?


70 posted on 04/06/2012 9:58:43 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Drango

By Arnie Sloffman (Photographer of Filth)

71 posted on 04/06/2012 9:58:47 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: gunsequalfreedom

Titled, “It’s a sunny day and the chapel is on fire.”


72 posted on 04/06/2012 9:59:30 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 61 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; JulieRNR21; metmom; wintertime; ..

What a shame. He was perhaps the foremost painter of our lifetimes. I’d buy one of his paintings if I could afford it.


73 posted on 04/06/2012 9:59:44 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: murron

Some of the comments here are amazing to me. Sure there are better ‘artists’. Maplethorp was highly acclaimed and his work is more ‘valued’ than these.

So?

If people like these paintings, great. Personally I LIKE the fact they aren’t zoning code correct and that it looks like Bambi is just around the corner. To me, that’s WHY I like them. If I had an extra 700 bucks I’d snatch a copy off his Little Mermaid print. because I LIKE it, not that I want to invest.

As for the ‘cartoon’ aspect, I personally think that cartoon/comic/animation art/cells are some of the best art there is. I prefer it to the ‘classics’. Why? Am I some blind dolt with no appreciation for ‘real’ art?

Don’t care. I like what I like. Amazing how so many here are concerned with what others, who they only ‘talk’ to online, like though.

/rant ;)


74 posted on 04/06/2012 10:01:21 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 63 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!

I actually like the one of Lombard Street.


75 posted on 04/06/2012 10:02:42 PM PDT by SpaceBar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 68 | View Replies]

To: Drango

Where might one view your works of art?


76 posted on 04/06/2012 10:02:45 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Clintonfatigued

Stole it years ago from the AOL. Feel free to use. It’s the internet.


77 posted on 04/06/2012 10:06:26 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: woofie
Painter of Blight!


78 posted on 04/06/2012 10:08:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 71 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!
Kincade from his "HotHouse" period.

Not unlike Hiernonymous Bosch's "Hell" period---

79 posted on 04/06/2012 10:08:51 PM PDT by Rudder
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 68 | View Replies]

To: Drango
You sound like every other mass media hack who's reporting this - they just can't help themselves to get a dig in on him before he's even room temperature yet. If you find that his “art” was vapid and sophomoric, then you're entitled to your opinion. But show a little goddamned common courtesy for what his work meant to many of us before you take a piss on his grave.

Don't even go there, Chuckles. You really have me jerked off at the moment.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


80 posted on 04/06/2012 10:09:46 PM PDT by Viking2002 ( "Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a gaddamn hurry.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Viking2002

I like it Vik.

Always someone on here attempting to dump on those who can’t respond and or...


81 posted on 04/06/2012 10:12:37 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 80 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
"Literature" to go with the beloved "art".

(And though she ain't dead yet, you can't criticize her either!)

82 posted on 04/06/2012 10:13:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hoagy62

Did they create a village in Vallejo that was patterned after his paintings?

Actually I live in a place like that in Oregon - extremely charming.


83 posted on 04/06/2012 10:19:40 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


84 posted on 04/06/2012 10:20:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rudder

Is that one for sale? Now that is one I like.


85 posted on 04/06/2012 10:20:25 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]

To: Drango
His “art” was vapid and sophomoric.

Norman Rockwell he was not.

Reusability counts. In paintings as well as software.

86 posted on 04/06/2012 10:24:59 PM PDT by cynwoody
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ReneeLynn
Perhaps they do. Maybe some people just like velvet Elvis or dogs playing poker. A fool and his money are soon parted, but don't go around claiming it's "fine art." It's a canvas reprint that Kinkade's lackeys "handtouched" and then stamped his signature on before charging $1500. Its resale value is about $250 and that's including the frame.

As one of my teachers told me, "It's worth what people will pay for it." Kind of like a stock. Kinkade paintings were a bubble market that popped.

87 posted on 04/06/2012 10:25:45 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 69 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Whoever heard of William Hagerman?

.

It's a shame how many people fall for worthless kitsch heavily marketed by the likes of Kinkade. There is plenty of good art around and many excellent starving artists, whom you could easily find at street fairs and in cafes where they display their work.And as for art appreciation there are free or low cost classes at community colleges that will teach you to discern good art from bad.

88 posted on 04/06/2012 10:26:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gunsequalfreedom
Is that one for sale?

Which one?

89 posted on 04/06/2012 10:26:32 PM PDT by Rudder
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 85 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!

Damn RC. You had me at the homeless New Orleans beer dude!


90 posted on 04/06/2012 10:26:40 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Norm Lenhart; Drango

Compare Kincaid’s art to “modern” art. Even “modern” art from decades ago until now.

Kincaid is King of all Artists compared to any modern art.

My mother was into art, was an art historian, and I was around a lot of art, museums, lessons etc. I fancied that I liked modern art until when I was around 17 I went to a gallery and saw their new exhibit (this was in the late 1960s). It was a room filled with what looked exactly like oversized piles of dogs*** made out of white vinyl.

I walked out of the gallery and never wanted to rest my eyes on any “modern” art ever again.


91 posted on 04/06/2012 10:29:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Lancey Howard
I'd like to see some of his paintings done while in altered states and liberated temporarily from the chains of banality. As far as light goes, few modern artists that are well-known have done light like the oil glazes of Maxfield Parrish. And Parrish had the added benefit of good composition, expertly rendered human likeness, and excellent technique in a variety of media.

Christmas Eve Christmas Morning: Kinkade, eat your heart out.
92 posted on 04/06/2012 10:30:55 PM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Drango

what do you think of Al Hogue?


93 posted on 04/06/2012 10:32:31 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!
It's a shame how many people fall for worthless kitsch heavily marketed by the likes of Kinkade.

A shame for who? You?

If people like his work, wanna pay, so what?

What do you care?

94 posted on 04/06/2012 10:34:00 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 88 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!

“And as for art appreciation there are free or low cost classes at community colleges that will teach you to discern good art from bad.”

See, now I find it funny that some people are willing to part with cash based on some guy with a degree telling them something subjective, like art, can be ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to begin with.

Good to who? Bad to who? Based on what? Opinion. Nothing more.

If I had the choice between two equal quality prints of the Mona Lisa and a Disney animation scene, I’d take Walter’s product 100 out of 100 times.

Because to me, The ML isn’t something I like looking at. And some idiot with a degree in subjectivity isn’t gonna teach me anything I can figure out all by my lonesome.


95 posted on 04/06/2012 10:37:05 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 88 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Evidently, there is a bad art museum in Seattle.

Some bad art is so bad it's good, though I don't count the dead man's efforts among those.


96 posted on 04/06/2012 10:38:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bobalu

I like that top one.


97 posted on 04/06/2012 10:40:08 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: little jeremiah

great point


98 posted on 04/06/2012 10:43:58 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 91 | View Replies]

To: Mike Darancette

His work is truly great!

Wish I could create something so magnificent, his paintings are magical.


99 posted on 04/06/2012 10:44:13 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 97 | View Replies]

To: aruanan

Those are pretty good!
I think I see Santy Claus in the one..


100 posted on 04/06/2012 10:45:38 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 92 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200201-207 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson