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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. There also has been a Thomas Kinkade themed community of homes, The Village at Hiddenbrooke. Others have complained that his paintings are merely kitsch and are without substance. 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).

Kinkade is reportedly America's most-collected living artist [2]. Many pictures contain specific chapter-and-verse allusions to certain [Bible] passages. 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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