Thomas Kinkade Dies At Age 54

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Thomas Kinkade dies at 54: A tribute to the self-proclaimed 'Painter of Light'
by Christian Blauvelt

Thomas Kinkade, the self-proclaimed “Painter of Light,” died April 6 of what appear to be natural causes at his home in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 54.

The painter, who claimed to be the most-collected living artist in the United States, is survived by his wife, Nanette, and four daughters.“Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,” Nanette Kinkade said in a statement.“We are shocked and saddened by his death.”

Kinkade rose to prominence in the mid ’90s as a spiritual heir to Norman Rockwell. In the more than 1,000 paintings that he produced during his career, Kinkade offered up an idyllic America That Never Was to a nostalgia-hungry audience looking for depictions of a simpler, less harried way of life. Media Arts Group, the company that licensed, distributed, and sold his products, estimates that some form of Kinkade’s art appears in 1 of every 20 American homes.

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R.I.P.
he was an alcoholic like you

wonder if he went to AA?

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he was an alcoholic like you
wonder if he went to AA?
Don't believe anything you would say about a dead man, time to give it a rest. Have you ever gone to AA?
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Don't believe anything you would say about a dead man, time to give it a rest. Have you ever gone to AA?
The self-proclaimed “Painter of Light” and “most collected artist in America” Thomas Kinkade may be adding some new subject matter to his famous line of sugar-coated Bob Ross renditions of snowy cabins in the woods, Jesuses and flowery gazebos – namely views from inside a prison cell!

Lawyers for the 52-year-old pleaded no contest to DUI charges Friday stemming from a June 11 Carmel, California arrest in which Kinkade’s blood alcohol level was found to be more than double the legal limit. From KSBW:

He was sentenced to 10 days in jail. He must also attend a nine-month DUI offender program, serve five years of informal court probation and was assessed a $1,846 fine.

Thomas Kinkade painting Candlelight Cottage
^ Thomas Kinkade –“Candlelight Cottage”

The conviction adds to Kinkade’s impressive douchebag resume that first came to light during court proceedings filed by gallery owners who accused Kinkade of swindling them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other gallery owners, former employees and others who knew Kinkade offered up a much darker portrait of artist. From The L.A. Times:

In sworn testimony and interviews, they recount incidents in which an allegedly drunken Kinkade heckled illusionists Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas, cursed a former employee’s wife who came to his aid when he fell off a barstool, and palmed a startled woman’s breasts at a signing party in South Bend, Ind.

And then there is Kinkade’s proclivity for “ritual territory marking,” as he called it, which allegedly manifested itself in the late 1990s outside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

“This one’s for you, Walt,” the artist quipped late one night as he urinated on a Winnie the Pooh figure, said Terry Sheppard, a former vice president for Kinkade’s company, in an interview.

Here’s his mug shot after being run through the “Kinkade Filter” in Photoshop:

Thomas Kinkade's mug shot as a Thomas Kinkade painting

This guy sounds like the Mel Gibson of the art world! He has the same over-inflated and self-righteous ego mixed with an affinity for alcohol and making an ass out of himself. But at least Mel Gibson offers up Braveheart! With Kinkade all we get are paintings drenched with trans-fatty notions of patriotism and battered in sugary sweet Christian beliefs before being deep fried in a vat of sentimentality. It is an artery-clogging aesthetic that threatens the spiritual health of all that consume it.

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This guy sounds like the Mel Gibson of the art world! He has the same over-inflated and self-righteous ego mixed with an affinity for alcohol and making an ass out of himself. But at least Mel Gibson offers up Braveheart! With Kinkade all we get are paintings drenched with trans-fatty notions of patriotism and battered in sugary sweet Christian beliefs before being deep fried in a vat of sentimentality. It is an artery-clogging aesthetic that threatens the spiritual health of all that consume it.
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Guess you don't have any Kinkade artwork in your possession, huh?
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Guess you don't have any Kinkade artwork in your possession, huh?
Guess you would need to ask the guy that wrote that piece, huh?

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