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11 Illuminating Facts About Thomas Kinkade

4 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The "Painter of Light" was reported to be the most popular commercial artist in America.

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

Cobblestone Mill Thomas Kinkade Criticism of Kinkade abounds, both from art critics who called his work "kitsch," and garish and a host of other less than flattering terms, and from those who were contemptuous of the commercial aspect of...

Crimes of the Art

5 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

On this week’s art crime blotter: an abducted alien sculpture was recovered, a recovering meth addict returned a stolen Thomas Kinkade sculpture, and wild Winnipeggers smashed a public art installation.

Man Returns Thomas Kinkade Jesus Statue After Stealing It 2 Years Ago, Asks for Forgiveness

A recovering drug addict in Indiana has returned a large sculpture of Jesus Christ to an art gallery after stealing it nearly two years ago.

The Backgrounds for Fire and Ice

The best painting education I ever had was coming up with 11 background paintings a week—about 600 paintings in all— for the animated film "Fire and Ice," working for Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta and alongside Thomas Kinkade. Ralph...Show More Summary

The Weird and Wonderful Church Drawings of John Hendrix

Hendrix is no Thomas Kinkade. Which means he gets us a lot closer to the Bible. You might think it childish that every week at Grace and Peace Fellowship, a PCA church in St. Louis, John Hendrix spends the sermon drawing. Most churches do not look kindly upon adults bringing crayons and paper to the pews. Show More Summary

Crew of Bakshi Productions, 1981

Top row from left: Pat Capozzi, Jack Ozark, A (Unknown), Sue Shigida, B, Mitch Rochon, C, John Sparey, Steve Gordon, Bruce Woodside, James Gurney, D, Tom Tataranowicz, Jan Cummings, Thomas Kinkade. Bottom Row: Bill Recinos, Debbie Hayes, Mike Svayko, Tim Callahan, Mauro Maressa, Ralph Bakshi, Frank Frazetta, E. Show More Summary

Storybook garden on Algonquin Island: Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling

Tell me this doesn’t look like a Thomas Kinkade painting, but in the best sense — light gleaming in the window of a picturesque cottage — without the kitsch. With rain clouds darkening the sky, this was the last island garden I visited (see my Toronto Islands post for an overview) during the Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling. Show More Summary

Contest: Paint a Gas Station in B&W

If you're eager to get going with gouache, why not join this contest? The challenge is to paint a gas station in black and white gouache on location. Gas Pump, gouache, by Thomas Kinkade, 1981 For inspiration, here's one of my favorite little paintings. Show More Summary

Friday Night Fights - Chunky Horchata

Today is a special day in my family. It's the 57th anniversary of a great historical event, our great-grandfather (Thomas Kinkade Jefferson Johnson), took part in. The year was 1891, and old Gangsta Herp (as Grandpa was known to the locals) had just met (then) President Woodrow Wilson. Show More Summary

Michael Campus dies at 80; director of inner-city cult classic 'The Mack'

It's hard to image two films more different than "The Mack" and "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage."

The Rise And Fall Of Thomas Kinkade

2 years agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“It was Thom’s favorite subject: world domination. The excitement of planning, of dreaming, of bringing vision to life. And it wasn’t because of the money. It was because he believed God had a special purpose for him, and that was to influence people through his paintings. He thought that with his paintings, he would change […]

The Mystery of the Painter of Light™

2 years agoArts : Hyperallergic

Thomas Kinkade was a painter of cabins, lighthouses, and improvable sunsets. He was an avowed evangelical Christian who fortified his saccharine landscapes with passages from the scriptures.

Thomas Kinkade vs. Albert Camus (1); Cervantes advances

Yesterday‘s winner is Cervantes, for the simple reason that nobody gave any good reasons to invite Thoreau. Ooooh, today’s contest is a toughie. House on fire or existential struggle? Either one would have a lot to say, but only one of them has a “TM” after his name. Show More Summary

Albert Camus (1) vs. Bruno Latour

Yesterday‘s winner: Thomas Kinkade. It was a tough call. Duchamp is far more impressive both as an artist and as an intellectual, but, as Jonathan put it in the very first comment in the thread: Duchamp has nothing to teach in an academic...Show More Summary

Marcel Duchamp (4) vs. Thomas Kinkade

The winner of yesterday‘s bout is Thoreau. The best pro-Thoreau argument came from JRC: “This one breaks down to to whose narrative on loneliness and solitude is more interesting: the guy who removed himself from society, or the guy forcibly removed from it. Show More Summary

On deck this week

Mon: Discussion with Steven Pinker connecting cognitive psychology research to the difficulties of writing Marcel Duchamp (4) vs. Thomas Kinkade Tues: In search of the elusive loop of plagiarism Albert Camus (1) vs. Bruno Latour Wed: When the evidence is unclear Leonardo da Vinci (1) vs. Show More Summary

Thomas Kinkade and the Jesus of Zionsville, a Christmas Tale

2 years agoArts : Hyperallergic

’Twas a few weeks before Christmas, and all through Zionsville, Indiana's Thomas Kinkade Gallery, Many creatures were stirring, shoppers out for Small Business Saturday...

World’s tackiest art thief steals $7,500 Thomas Kinkade sculpture of Jesus’ head

2 years agoHumor : Death and Taxes

"What sort of person would steal Christ?" asked gallery owner Barbara Jennings.

Quickies: Salad in Space, Atheists’ Favorite Bible Verses, and Thomas Kinkade’s Downfall

Categories: Quickies Bible Verses That Atheists Love – I like some Bible verses, but they’re usually the creepy ones. The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America’s Favorite Painter – “Thomas Kinkade’s death shocked his legions of fans—not only had the Painter of Light died at 54, but the cause was alcohol and Valium. Show More Summary

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