Sunday, April 8, 2012
Painter of bucolic and idyllic settings, famously known by his stone cottages, Christma's scenes and classic Americana, Thomas Kinkade passed away during his sleep last Friday at his home in Los Gatos-Monte Sereno, where he lived with his companion Amy Pinto.
His paintings are characterized by their glowing highlights and saturated pastel colors. Through The Thomas Kinkade Company, millions of printed reproductions and other licensed products have been sold, thanks to an effective mass marketing machine.
Born on January 19, 1958, he claimed by to be "America's most-collected living artist." Admired by many and criticized by others, Kinkade, who characterized himself as "Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light", a phrase he protected through trademark but one originally attributed to the English master J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), died at the age of 54 on April 6, 2012.
From 2008 and directed by Michael Campus, the movie Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage tells the story of Thom, an art school student who in his 20s determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home located in Placerville, California. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, his mother Maryanne Kinkade had fallen behind in her mortgage payments.