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Hack “Artist” Thomas Kinkade Has Died



Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light” and the world’s single most objectionable mass-producer of wall-hangings for middle American Baptists,has died!

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  tacky “art.”   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.  As the LA Times reports:

Kinkade labeled himself the nation’s most collected living artist. His paintings and spin-off products bring in about $100 million a year in sales, and are said to be in 10 million homes in the United States.

He grew up in a trailer in the Northern California city of Placerville, which he often rendered in his art as an idyllic community of friendly citizens. After hitting upon the formula for inspirational landscapes and village scenes, he and his wife put their modest savings into publishing the first reproductions of his paintings in 1984. They sold 1,000 copies for $35 each and never looked back.

Joan Didion said of his paintings,

A Kinkade painting was typically rendered in slightly surreal pastels. It typically featured a cottage or a house of such insistent coziness as to seem actually sinister, suggestive of a trap designed to attract Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to lurid effect, as if the interior of the structure might be on fire.

That’s all over now, Praise Jeebus.  He can now stop ruining the living rooms of Midwestern grandparents.  RIP, etc/


13 Responses to Hack “Artist” Thomas Kinkade Has Died

  1. Magginkat on 07/04/2012 at 19:00

    Well I am not Baptist, I like Kinkade and Obviously 10 million people don’t think he was a hack artist. They’re beautiful pictures. I would rather have a Kinkade hanging in my living room than a Picasso…..at least if I was just going for what looks plesant to me.
    Moneywise it would be the Picasso, of course!!

  2. Kawkajun on 07/04/2012 at 21:38

    Obviously, 10 million people didn’t view Hitler as a mass murdering psychopath. The only “talent” that Kincaid possessed is the same “talent” possessed by Madonna and Herr Hitler; the ability to fool some of the people all of the time.

    I think what would “look” most pleasant to Kincade “admirers” is the interior lining of their coffins.

    The reason that Kincade admirers would rather view his art than that of Picasso is because they have no understanding or appreciation of art and that is exactly why they fall prey to cynical hacks of his ilk.

  3. Grinning Maniac on 08/04/2012 at 03:23

    Thomas Kinkade’s work was sappy and shallow, but he was smart enough to sidestep the modern art system where you paint “meaningful” abstract blobs… and die poor. He found a way to factory-line manufacture his pretty landscapes and marketed the hell out of them. He was a true gangster and he died richer and more well-known than you will ever be with your scribble that represents “humanity”. It burns doesn’t it? Now refill my latte.

    In short, Kincaid, douchey he may have been understood the simple truth that you can become a millionaire two ways, sell one of something for $1,000,000 or a million of them for $1 a piece. One of those is easier than the other.

  4. Soap on 08/04/2012 at 05:01

    Dear bloggers/writers at blog.livenewschat, all I want is the facts, not your spin. Please attempt to bury your opinion within the substance.

    • tisha on 08/04/2012 at 05:05

      You mean you couldn’t ascertain the facts of the posting from the headline? You must be a Kinkade fan.

      • Soap on 08/04/2012 at 05:12

        Nope, never heard of him till today. He could of been a hero or a rapist, fact is he was an artist, and one’s opinion is not a fact.

    • C. Tyrer on 10/05/2012 at 04:09

      Well we had your opinion didn’t we.

  5. Socka on 08/04/2012 at 13:14

    Why would some buffoon write a headline like that. Anything that man painted SHITS on Picasso or Warhol! The atheist asshole who’s opinion is just another herpe in the world can kiss my ass.

  6. C. Riordan on 23/04/2012 at 15:24

    1. The fact that a lot of people like his paintings does not make them bad; the art world has been passing off senseless crap as “serious” art since the early 20th century. What’s wrong with hanging something in your house that doesn’t nauseate you?
    2. All Christians are sinners; having addictions and personal problems while also being a Christian does not make one a hypocrite.

  7. C. Tyrer on 06/05/2012 at 02:56

    Why is it elitists always love to exclude what they don’t like from valid art just because it doesn’t get through to them. This is wysiwyg art, no hidden perverted messages, just an idealisation of nature bolstered with more intense colour and fairy tale imagination and a warm cosiness. Is it too smug and comfortable for the modern world. Are we too comfortable these days and take this sort of gift to the yearning average masses for granted. Life is too easy so we reject a yearning for cuteness. Elitists are too spoilt and have too high a sense of self entitlement and so go after things more perverted since they are already too comfortable. If you’ve lived under oppressive regimes then you will more than likely see this as art. There’s nothing wrong with being pretty in art. It’s just as valid.

    • C. Tyrer on 10/05/2012 at 04:08

      Just to add to that – to me its something like saying Bach, Schubert, Rachmaninov etc were hack composers. What utter arrogance.

  8. anya on 13/09/2012 at 20:54

    i find it rather odd how when some does not like some one or their work they find fault with their popularity, i guess it is jealousy, envy and hate for others talent, so they bash them for doing what they only wish they could do. thomas kinkade was a beloved artist and because of him inspiring others to take up the canvas and brush he has saved a lot of young people from a life that might have otherwise have been a path to destruction. i myself will morn his passing and he will be missed.

  9. Jason on 13/12/2012 at 08:13

    130 years ago many people said the same thing about Monet. Likewise many in the art communit still discredit greats of the 20th century, for example, those who work in illustration like Norman Rockwell or Frank Frazetta, because of lack of substance or depth when in fact their pieces are a reflection of their inner selves and the world around them, the same as any other artist. Outside of opinion, the only way to know if it is quality art is to see the work behind it. It’s not like a Pollock where paint is randomly thrown on a canvas in the hope of simply being something different, or the next big thing. The sheer volume of Kinkade’s work legitimizes him. Though some may argue it is a craft more than an art, a “hack” is someone who produces, dull, routine, unoriginal work. It is varied enough to avoid routine, popular enough to negate dullness, and original enough to inspire thousands of artists to emulate his work.

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