Thomas Kinkade

Kinkade with copy of his painting "Coming Home" presented to USO in October 2005.

Thomas Kinkade (born 1958-01-19 in Sacramento, California) is an American painter most widely known for his mass-produced prints. He is marketed as the "Painter of Light", a phrase he has trademarked.

His prints and paintings are distinguished by their glowing, highlights and vibrant pastel colors. Rendered in a impressionist style cross-pollinated with American Scene Painting values, his works often portray bucolic, idyllic settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, and Main Streets. He has also depicted various Christian themes including the Holy Cross and churches.

Kinkade claims to be placing emphasis on the value of simple pleasures and that his intent is to communicate inspirational, life-affirming messages through his work. A self-described "devout Christian" (all of his children have the middle name "Christian" [1]), Kinkade has said he gains his inspiration from his religious beliefs and that his work is intended to contain a larger moral dimension. Many pictures contain specific chapter-and-verse allusions to certain [Bible] passages.

Kinkade is reportedly America's most-collected living artist [2]. Relatedly, he is often criticized for the extent to which he has commercialized his art (for example, selling his prints on the QVC home shopping network). Others have complained that his paintings are merely kitsch and are without substance.

There also has been a Thomas Kinkade themed community of homes, The Village at Hiddenbrooke.

Biography

Kinkade grew up in the small town of Placerville, California, graduated from high school in 1976, and attended the University of California, Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. On 1982-05-02, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette.

He spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing a popular instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching. The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios creating background art for the 1983 animated feature film Fire and Ice. While working on the film, Kinkade began to explore the depiction of light and of imagined worlds. After the film, Kinkade earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California.

His works are sold by mail order and in dedicated retail outlets as high-quality prints, often using texturizing techniques on real canvas to make the surface of the finished prints mimic the raised surface of the original painting. Some of the prints also feature light effects that are painted onto the print surface by hand by "skilled craftsmen", touches which add to the illusion of light and the resemblance to an original work of art. Kincaid's images are also used extensively on other merchandise such as calendars and greeting cards.

Criticism

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Joan Didion echoes a popular complaint that Kinkade's houses seem to be burning internally:

She goes on to make more serious complaints, comparing the "Kinkade Glow" to the luminism of 19th-century painter Albert Bierstadt, who sentimentalized the infamous Donner Pass in his Donner Lake from the Summit. Didion worries that Kinkade's own treatment of the Sierra Nevada likewise mocks the tragedy of the Yosemite Miwok Indians in The Mountains Declare His Glory.

References

  • Didion, Joan (2003). Where I Was From. Westminster: Knopf.

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Didion worries that Kinkade's own treatment of the Sierra Nevada likewise mocks the tragedy of the Yosemite Miwok Indians in The Mountains Declare His Glory. Liflander also details the life of Edgar Leeteg (1904-1953), "the father of American black velvet kitsch," whose "raucous and bawdy" life was previously captured by James Michener in Rascals in Paradise (1957). She goes on to make more serious complaints, comparing the "Kinkade Glow" to the luminism of 19th-century painter Albert Bierstadt, who sentimentalized the infamous Donner Pass in his Donner Lake from the Summit. These paintings were religious in nature, portraying the iconic artwork of the Caucasus region by Russian Orthodox priests." She further wrote that Marco Polo and others introduced the West to this art form, and that some of these early works still hang in the Vatican. Joan Didion echoes a popular complaint that Kinkade's houses seem to be burning internally:. She notes that "The birthplace of black velvet paintings can be traced to ancient Kashmir, which is considered to be the fabric's original homeland. Kincaid's images are also used extensively on other merchandise such as calendars and greeting cards. A brief history of black velvet paintings is presented by Pamela Liflander in Black Velvet Artist, a booklet published by Running Press, Philadelphia, 2003, and included in an identically-titled art kit.

Some of the prints also feature light effects that are painted onto the print surface by hand by "skilled craftsmen", touches which add to the illusion of light and the resemblance to an original work of art. Somewhat later the art was taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the 16th century Bruges attained a reputation for velvets not inferior to that of the great Italian cities. His works are sold by mail order and in dedicated retail outlets as high-quality prints, often using texturizing techniques on real canvas to make the surface of the finished prints mimic the raised surface of the original painting. The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, and Genoa continues to send out rich velvet textures. After the film, Kinkade earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California. These were ornamentated by such techniques as varying the color of the pile, by producing pile of different lengths (pile upon pile, or double pile), and by brocading with plain silk, with uncut pile or with a ground of gold tissue, etc. While working on the film, Kinkade began to explore the depiction of light and of imagined worlds. The most magnificent textiles of medieval times were Italian velvets.

The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios creating background art for the 1983 animated feature film Fire and Ice. The peculiar properties of velvet, the splendid yet softened depth of dye colour it exhibited, made it obviously fit for official robes and sumptuous hangings. He spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing a popular instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching. Earliest references occur about the beginning of the 14th century. On 1982-05-02, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette. In all probability the art of velvet-weaving originated in the Far East. Kinkade grew up in the small town of Placerville, California, graduated from high school in 1976, and attended the University of California, Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Corduroy and velveteen were considered the "poor man's velvet" when they were first produced.

. Velvet was very expensive and was considered to be among the luxury goods together with silk. There also has been a Thomas Kinkade themed community of homes, The Village at Hiddenbrooke. Velvet's knitted counterpart is velour. Others have complained that his paintings are merely kitsch and are without substance. The two pieces are then cut apart and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. Relatedly, he is often criticized for the extent to which he has commercialized his art (for example, selling his prints on the QVC home shopping network). It is woven on a special loom that weaves two pieces of velvet at the same time.

Kinkade is reportedly America's most-collected living artist [2]. Velvet can be made from any fiber. Many pictures contain specific chapter-and-verse allusions to certain [Bible] passages. Velvet is a type of tufted fabric in which the cut threads are very evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it its distinct feel. A self-described "devout Christian" (all of his children have the middle name "Christian" [1]), Kinkade has said he gains his inspiration from his religious beliefs and that his work is intended to contain a larger moral dimension. Kinkade claims to be placing emphasis on the value of simple pleasures and that his intent is to communicate inspirational, life-affirming messages through his work.

He has also depicted various Christian themes including the Holy Cross and churches. Rendered in a impressionist style cross-pollinated with American Scene Painting values, his works often portray bucolic, idyllic settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, and Main Streets. His prints and paintings are distinguished by their glowing, highlights and vibrant pastel colors. He is marketed as the "Painter of Light", a phrase he has trademarked.

Thomas Kinkade (born 1958-01-19 in Sacramento, California) is an American painter most widely known for his mass-produced prints. Where I Was From. Westminster: Knopf. Didion, Joan (2003).

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