Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Painter of light goes to jail?

Uh oh....looks like the "painter of light" might be facing an investigation!-MAN reports.
"The FBI is investigating allegations that self-styled "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade and some of his top executives fraudulently induced investors to open galleries and then ruined them financially, former dealers contacted by federal agents said....The ex-owners allege in arbitration claims that, among other things, the artist known for his dreamily luminous landscapes and street scenes used his Christian faith to persuade them to invest in the independently owned stores, which sell only Kinkade's work."

oh, dear! hahaha!


Blogger John Azoni said...

exactly why I don't call myself a Christian even though I am a follower of Christ. It's people like that that give Christianity a bad name.

all the more reason to not support Thomas Kinkade.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite story about Kinkade was when he was so drunk at Disneyland that he pulled his pants down and pissed in public outside one of the hotels.

I think he pissed on a plastic dwarf but that sounds to good to be true.

3:32 PM  
Blogger the cubegallery blog said...

there was a great story in last months modern painter mag about kincade, too.


3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinkade should either face 1>capital punishment (ala texas firing squad...which is still legal there) or 2> community serivce. This would manifest through the systematic collection and destruction of anything he or his production-line henchpeople have ever created.

Also he should be sterilized.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I am allready breaking my promise to myself not to comment on this blog anymore but I can't hold back on this one. The guy even created his own Bible! He also created a condo village in California that allowed the lucky rich to come and literally live in a Thomas Kincade painting. Being a landscape painter for many years I have despised his work and moresoe because my parents and a
lot of my family wasted so much money on this crap. They also had this crazy idea that this crap would be a great heirloom and would rise in value over time!
Meanwhile to this day my entire family has not purchased one of my works.

9:26 PM  
Blogger umferdinand said...

great, now i've lost all faith in humanity

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

being completely fraudulant finally makes him seem a little bit appealing... I'm totally gonna buy one of those check-book calendars today. :-P

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was an episode on tv of Law & Order (i think it was that show) that used the Kinkade scam as the story line, weaving in a murder as well. *
*anonymous" because I don't want anyone to know I watch L&O

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas Kinkade is actually a very well known and exceptional conceptual artist pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. Believe it or not! Buy as much as you can afford now!

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found a great link to "Thomas Kinkade as conceptual artist". Its fairly long..


I like the second to last paragraph best. Stirs up a lot actually.. Still it seems to me the Human Pendulum of going from one extreme to another. Still struggling with that balance. The left and right avante and everyone else..

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If Kinkade’s art is principally about ideas, and I think it is, it could be suggested that he is a Conceptual artist. All he would have to do to solidify this position would be to make an announcement that the beliefs he has expounded are just Duchampian posturing to achieve his successes. But this will never happen. Kinkade earnestly believes in his faith in God and his personal agenda as an artist. Although I don’t buy into Kinkade’s utopian vision, I do fantasize about a world where ideological issues could be battled in art institutions rather than in the streets."

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another great article on Kinkade which is rather long but worth it I think.


Artists should really pay attention to these extremely important issues raised.

Myself as an artist I have struggled between both extremes of idealizations but continually try and find a middle ground. I am lucky in that I have maintained a strong connection to art-making all my life. Whereas perhaps others decide to be artists at some point and go to an art school and perhaps unknowingly step into an ideological battle.

I try to keep the flame from childhood. That is what people need. ( my opinion )

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the links on Kinkade. I'll check them out.

Although my comment on Kinkade was facetious his marketing skill does provide a lesson for all artists. If only he had the integrity of an idea and didn't take himself so damn seriously.

I think issues of faith can be a great source of material for art. Even something as mundane as faith in oneself.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Baker,

I can't find anything from the links you've listed. are you sure they're correct?

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Here, this link should work. I'll find the other as well..

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry the blog is'nt allowing the addresses. When I publish for some reason the blog insists on putting the address straight and it runs off the page. Oh well.

Look up Thomas Kinkade Conceptual Artist and look for the articles put out by Califonia University on Grand Central Art. Its great criticism and puts things into art historical context.

Or you can access the links that I've posted on my blog at http://people.tribe.net/fjenglish

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Found it grand central and a link to christianity today in the bibliography of the 'trojan horse' article. Relevant and good stuff. Thanks again.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...if art does not speak a language that’s accessible to people, it relegates itself to obscurity.”

10:15 AM  

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