Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 41
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Cali baby
    Posts
    1,845
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0

    Thomas Kinkade Died...

    San Jose Mercury News

    I know some think of his work as gaudy, over commercialized, over rated, etc. but I like them. I fell in love with cottages when I first saw Snow White as a little girl and would love to live in a one some day.

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sending positive thoughts to Mirai..
    Posts
    3,717
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by myhoneyhoney View Post
    San Jose Mercury News

    I know some think of his work as gaudy, over commercialized, over rated, etc. but I like them. I fell in love with cottages when I first saw Snow White as a little girl and would love to live in a one some day.
    Well, I never considered Kinkade's work gaudy, etc. I've always loved his 'cottage' series, and especially his 'Christmas' collections. RIP to a great artist. I think in death he will achieve even greater fame as the years progress.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Age
    43
    Posts
    16,642
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    R.I.P.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Two places! Atlanta suburbs and in the North Georgia Mountains
    Posts
    3,815
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    2089
    I worked in a museum while he was in his heyday, and I think there was a lot of criticism of Kincaid from the arts establishment because they thought he was overly sentimental and commercial. He did a lot of safe stuff that spoke to ordinary people, and there's nothing wrong with that in my book. He was certainly a great craftsman/technician for the kind of thing he did, and hey-art is in the eye of the beholder. His work wasn't for me, but I am sorry he died so young. 56 is way, way too young.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    My old Kentucky home, far away
    Age
    37
    Posts
    4,429
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    5515
    RIP
    'Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.'--John Wayne

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    NY/NJ
    Posts
    4,924
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    32911
    Aww...

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    13,510
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42165
    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post
    I worked in a museum while he was in his heyday, and I think there was a lot of criticism of Kincaid from the arts establishment because they thought he was overly sentimental and commercial. He did a lot of safe stuff that spoke to ordinary people, and there's nothing wrong with that in my book. He was certainly a great craftsman/technician for the kind of thing he did, and hey-art is in the eye of the beholder. His work wasn't for me, but I am sorry he died so young. 56 is way, way too young.
    My feelings, as well.
    Some of the criticism of his work has been needlessly harsh; and even cruel.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    24,950
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    91872
    I liked his paintings and his use of light. I don't say that about every painting I see, and I have (amateur) experience painting. I would not try to emulate his work, but I liked it.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Age
    35
    Posts
    12,720
    vCash
    2634
    Rep Power
    39122
    A couple of years ago, I went to an art history conference with Oliver. We decided to check out the Kinkade panel just to see what people were saying. I'm certainly not a fan of Kinkade's work, but I have to say that I was really taken by surprise at the amount of vitriol directed at him. When it was time for questions, this one woman said "You all do realize that regardless of your opinion about the merit of Kinkade's work, he's a human being, right?" and then walked out of the room.

    I agree with Holley that 56 is a very young age to die. My mother is only a year or so younger.
    Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    2,411
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I am not a fan but I certainly wish him peace. I am not comparing Norman Rockwell and Kinkade but I do believe years after his passing many people who considered Rockwell too sentimental had second thoughts and there seemed to be a new appreciation for his work. What will people think of Kinkade fifty years from now? You never know....

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    11,012
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I'm sad to hear of his passing- he was very talented, even if he was not a great master.

    I am very surprised to hear his age, having had so much success in the 90s- I would have though he was older.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Two places! Atlanta suburbs and in the North Georgia Mountains
    Posts
    3,815
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    2089
    I remember being very snobby about Rockwell in my younger days. Sentimentality, obvious emotions, etc. After all, I have a degree in Art History! I'm too sophsiticated for all that! Then I went to a showing of his work in Philadelphia and almost embarassed myself breaking into tears going from picture to picture. At least up close and personal, Rockwell's work has quite an effect-at least it did for me. I have decided since that I will no longer be an art snob.

    I think Kincaid was criticized a lot because he manufactured a lot of kitch that went along with his paintings, (ceramics, trinkets, china tea cups, etc)and he made a heck of a lot more money than a lot of other "serious artists" out there. I've heard a lot of ugly things about him too....but hey-what's wrong with making money by giving people what they want and things that although they might not be my taste, are really pretty and lovely. Phooey on the critics!

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Driving the Han Yan Fan Van
    Posts
    9,177
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    33791
    Rest in peace, Thomas.

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Cali baby
    Posts
    1,845
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    it's nice to read this thread... I remember being at a mall that actually had a Kinkade store and the comments I received from strangers when I walked out of it was shocking. I had just started college then and taking my first art class, I was still extremely impressionable. I thought something was "wrong" with me for liking his cottages.

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Rejecting your reality and substituting my own
    Age
    30
    Posts
    11,005
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    He certainly had a style and went with it, but from reading stories from his colleagues, he was also quite the hustler. I think that's why the art establishment looks down on him so much - true arteestes are much more preferred than hustlers. But there's a place for everybody, and he knew how to sell his work. Can't begrudge him that.

    I would say a HUGE difference between Rockwell and Kinkade is that Rockwell often included people and relationships in his paintings. Although you can acknowledge it's overly sentimental, there's still sentiment there because of the people and relationships portrayed. Kinkade almost never included people in his idyllic paintings, which is kind of creepy if you think about it. Or when he included people, they were never directly interacting with each other.

    54 is still way too young. RIP.

  16. #16

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    13,510
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42165
    If he had taken the other approach he might have been accused of imitating/trading on Rockwell.
    Heaven knows, he was villified for less.

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Rejecting your reality and substituting my own
    Age
    30
    Posts
    11,005
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    If he had taken the other approach he might have been accused of imitating/trading on Rockwell.
    Heaven knows, he was villified for less.
    But he didn't paint like Rockwell, and his work would look vastly different even if he pursued similar subject matter. He chose to paint the subjects he did.

    At any rate, I think the art world could learn a lot from his hustling abilities instead of vilifying him for being so successful.

  18. #18

    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Singleville aka 7th Circle of Hell
    Age
    34
    Posts
    12,382
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    9520
    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post

    At any rate, I think the art world could learn a lot from his hustling abilities instead of vilifying him for being so successful.
    You mean like being under investigation from the FBI for defrauding his investors? This is the type of behavior you think other artists should emulate?

    I'm sorry he died so young, but there was a vast difference between his public persona as a Chrisian family man painter and the reality.
    "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." –Olympic Charter

  19. #19

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Posts
    13,510
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    42165
    Was he ever tried/convicted of any of the charges?
    It's possible to become a "victim" of one's own success.

    Until recently, he was featured on the "Shop NBC" channel.
    Last edited by skatesindreams; 04-08-2012 at 11:48 PM. Reason: to correct information

  20. #20
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Rejecting your reality and substituting my own
    Age
    30
    Posts
    11,005
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Matryeshka View Post
    You mean like being under investigation from the FBI for defrauding his investors? This is the type of behavior you think other artists should emulate?

    I'm sorry he died so young, but there was a vast difference between his public persona as a Chrisian family man painter and the reality.
    I didn't know that part, but I meant licensing his work to go on everything under the sun, and opening Kinkade-branded galleries in popular malls where people pay hundreds for a lithograph with a few daubs of paint on it.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •