Gods Own Painter

9 Apr

The greatest painter the world has ever known died last week, leaving millions of soft focus paintings of little cottages for us to remember him by.  Like any true artist, Kincade had to fight through hard times.  An art school dropout from a broken home, Kinkade became a born-again Christian in 1980, and shortly afterwards started peddling his inspirational landscapes out of the trunk of his car.  Once the Lord was by his side, it was almost as if God became “his art agent”, supplying him with his best ideas.  One of those ideas was mass-marketing his canvases to the point that he has become recognized as the most-collected living artist — and one of the richest.  At one point, Kinkade’s factories churned out as many as 500 reproductions a day of his most beloved works, which then sold for thousands of dollars in Kinkade’s galleries. He became a best-selling author and inspirational speaker, and he designed a housing complex of $400,000 homes inspired by his paintings.  Suck on that Matisse.  Van Gogh would have cut off his schlong for those kind of numbers.  At the height of his popularity a decade ago, Kinkade was profiled in magazines as diverse as Christianity Today and the New Yorker, but in recent years financial troubles and bizarre behavior began overwhelming the idyllic images.  Kinkade was accused of behaving inappropriately with women and even urinating on a Winnie the Pooh figure at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim — an especially odd occurrence for a man who compared himself to Walt Disney, as well as Norman Rockwell, the illustrator of iconic Americana.  But all great artists have their dark side.  So I say farewell to you “Painter of Light”.  Enjoy your idyllic cottage in the sky.  Always may you have a fire in the chimney and a light in the window.

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9 Responses to “Gods Own Painter”

  1. Carl April 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Its about time someone appreciated this man’s genius. Its not like Monet was the only guy who could paint blurry, out of focus landscapes.

    • Bob Ross April 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      I prefer this guy.

  2. Anonymous April 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Hey my dad has that painting, or at least one that looks just like it

  3. Jenny April 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    My nanna loves Thomas Kinkade.

  4. tyler April 10, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    kinkade was a godsend. i consider him the kenny g of art, the michael bolton of innovation.

  5. Benji April 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    My parents love Kinkade. Maybe they were right all along and their paintings will actually be worth something one day.

    • Murdoch Wagner April 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

      Oh definitely. Even the prints will be priceless.

    • Dhanshree January 29, 2013 at 4:17 am #

      It’s great to know that you find peace and solitude in God who brgnis us those gifts. It is true, that amidst all what tribulation and trouble we encounter , we can rely on God’s strength, grace and comfort.

  6. Ranosha January 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    I like Kinkade’s paingints very much. His paingints are so beautiful and impressive. I am learning his painting syle recently. Hope I can have chance to meet him and learn the paiting techniques from this in near future:)

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