Thomas Kinkade paintings: Conservative or Liberal?
Edited on Sat Jul-10-04 11:11 AM by gulliver
Thomas Kinkade paintings show a liberal ideal: simple people living a simple life, surrounded by natural, unspoiled beauty. The world of Thomas Kinkade cannot survive what is ironically called "conservatism."
Picture a pretty stone cottage in a glade next to a running stream. There are trees all around. Smoke rises from the chimney. A doe and its fawn sip water...
To the north, upstream of the cottage, a mining company begins to blow the tops off of the mountains. The debris is allowed to roll downhill into the little stream. To the west, a corporate hog farm steadily grows its hog population. The breeze informs of this in every breath of air. A lead mine and smelting factory decides to locate downstream to the south.
The man and woman who live in the cottage lose their pension, because the company that he worked for underfunded it. The 30 acres of farmland that the couple owns has now gone to weeds, because it doesn't pay to farm 30 acres any more, thanks to consolidated agribusiness.
The doe is shot. It strayed into a huge parcel of ranch land that a corporation purchased as private hunting territory for its executives.
"Painters of Blight" show at Roq la Rue in Seattle Seattle's Roq la Rue Gallery (2316 Second Avenue) is running a two-day exhibit on Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, featuring the work of two dozen artists paying tribute to Thomas Kinkade and Jack T. Chick. (Painting above is by Jim Blanchard). As you probably know, Thomas Kinkade, the famous "Painter of Light," has made millions of dollars with his customized prints of day-glo cottages against backdrops of enchanted forests. He has a team of "Kinkade-trained Master Highlighters" who go over reproductions of his work with oil paint.
I can't get over the concept of the "Kinkade trained Master Highlighter". Hey, Kinkade's just like Andy Warhol, but umm different.
A Master Highlighter Event is an 8-hour personal appearance by a certified Thomas Kinkade Master Highlighter. During the event, a highlighter enhances images of the gallery's choice. Pieces explode with dimension and are brought to life with a stroke of the master highlighter's brush.
This is a unique opportunity for the collector to interact with highlighters and learn more about Thomas Kinkade's art. Master Highlighters are hand-picked and have worked on Studio Proofs. They also have graduated from Thomas Kinkade 101, a class teaching the proper Master Highlighting Techniques as well as personal instructions by Thomas Kinkade. Our Master Highlighters, too, have interesting biographical information about their successes in the art world.
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Oversaturated colors, idealized scenes of things only the very, very rich can afford, like lavish gardens surrounding isolated chichi cottages. Not only that, they're ground out by the dozens, like sausages, with an occasional daub of paint to lend them the fiction of authenticity.
Let's see, mass produced fakes showing the sheeple how they could live if they, too, had been born with fortunes, which they'll never have because they're spending thousands of dollars on PRINTS.
It's a subdivision in Vallejo CA. I think it's called the Village or something like that.
The houses don't look like his paintings, though they are a bit more ornate with little dormers and picket fences. The rooms are staged with his line of furniture and nearly every room has one of his painting/prints.
Nothing special, just another row of overpriced tract homes.
36. oddly enough this IS a California architectural genre.
Theres a tradition in Cali residential architecture for the cutsey wisteria covered "period" cottage...the "dollhouse" style. Even high-design architects have done sort of ironic "quotations" of the style.
Nice use of shadows but that bright light on the snow..thats supposed to be moonlight? Too bright. And does it make sense to have this "Christopher Wren" style church in what looks like a western mountain landscape?
Actually I think people should buy whatever they want in art if it makes them happy. It just irritates me that peopl will flock into his mall stores and plunk down 500$ for a giclee and when I try to sell my artwork they try to "haggle" down the price. Yeah, I know, it's the nature of the artworld.
But he has approached this as an MBA degreed person and it reduces art to just another commodity. I mean Wyland has "mall" stores, too, but he also does a huge amount of charity whale mural paintings to help keep our oceans clean and safe for wildlife.
Kinkade's art is the "Big eyed Children" of our times. Every suburban home should have one over their couch... :puke:
31. Heavens. Not just "conservative," but (literally) mind-numbing
He presents us with the notion that there is an ideal America out there and that we all have access to it (if only for the moments we can spend gazing at the paintings above our sofas). Thus, we can despise anyone who dwells on the problems in our country: why don;t they just chill and cough up the bucks for a Kincade as well. Lacking any irony whatsoever, these things are Band-Aids for the conscience.
First I should admit that I kinda like some of his paintings. Call me trite, but I enjoy things that take me back to idyllic visions and feelings from my youth.
But more importtant than my bad taste is this little tidbit in his autobiography. For those unfamiliar with the name, Bakshi was the animator who made the movie Fritz the Cat, Am,erican Pop and other classics of left-wing depravity.
"...The popularity of the book landed the two fledgling artists a job at Ralph Bakshi Studios, creating background art for the animated feature film Fire and Ice. Soon, Thom started exploring light and imaginative worlds with abandon. It was during this period that he acquired his moniker as the The Painter of Light. After completing his work on the Bakshi film, Kinkade began his career as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California."
39. He Is One of the Most Egotistical No-Talent People I Know Of
His paintings are bland and repetitive. They're made on an assembly line, mass-produced.
The guy isn't an artist for art's sake, he's an artist for the sake of treasure. And there are plenty of people who are willing to shell it out to him. He's expanding into the typical stuff... mugs, calendars, coffee table books -- to be expected. But also there's Thomas Kinkade furnature and even Thomas Kinkade houses.
The guy is trying to make his name a brand, and he's succeeded mostly, but I can't imagine da Vinci or Manet selling their wares in bulk on QVC.
And he's so arrogant... he brags about his "talent" and then trashes on Picasso. He has basically said that he thinks that he (Thomas Kinkade) will be known as THE artist of the 20/21st century.
let me say that I hate his paintings. I am a working landscape painter and I find his work as garish as most others here. But he is not untalented. I know some artist that were in Art school with him and he was a stellar student. If you have seen any of his simple plein air work you can see his ability. He is a skilled artist. What he has done with his skill is abhorrent. He is a good artist making "bad art".
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