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06 April 2012 @ 09:16 pm
Rest in Peace Thomas Kinkade  
From Mercury News:

Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light" and one of the most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday at his Los Gatos home. He was 54.

His family said in a statement that his death appeared to be from natural causes.

"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family," his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his death."

His paintings are hanging in an estimated one of every 20 homes in the United States. Fans cite the warm, familiar feeling of his mass-produced works of art, while it has become fashionable for art critics to dismiss his pieces as tacky. In any event, his prints of idyllic cottages and bucolic garden gates helped establish a brand -- famed for their painted highlights -- not commonly seen in the art world.

"I'm a warrior for light," Kinkade told the Mercury News in 2002, alluding not just to his technical skill at creating light on canvas but to the medieval practice of using light to symbolize the divine. "With whatever talent and resources I have, I'm trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel."

As many know, he has done many gorgeous, detailed paintings for Disney movies over the years. He will be missed by Disney fans and general lovers of painting in general. 

Sailor Donut: Ehh?!jeweledeyes on April 7th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)



Kirsty: I'll be your homerosegoddess84 on April 7th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Wow....that's so sad. Such an amazing talent that man had...such a loss for so many reasons.

Thanks for sharing this. I'd probably not know otherwise.
deepseasirendeepseasiren on April 7th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
I just saw this online earlier...it's totally sad. His art was like heavenly light.
4tonedeaf4tonedeaf on April 7th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
This is very sad news. Thomas Kinkade has brought so much joy to so many lives through his paintings. He will be sorely missed by many people.
blueriptide: Ariel Underwaterblueriptide on April 7th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I was wanting to post this, but I wasn't sure whether it would be allowed. This made me very sad. I really liked his work; they were so detailed and very calm. His Disney works especially were always outstanding. He did what he loved and that made his life successful.

Edited at 2012-04-07 05:16 pm (UTC)
Mel: eilonwy frustratedcroft_time on April 7th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
This is sudden, and so sad. :C He created many brilliant works.

Rest in peace. </3
Paulinelinepau1 on April 7th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
RIP Kinkade =( May you forever be an inspiration to artists around the world.
deankellydeankelly on April 8th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
omg....no.... my favorite artist...i'm still waiting more disney collection paintings >< i'm so sad..
dragonsrose15 on April 8th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I loved his paintings, so sad :( I was really looking forward to more of his Disney inspired paintings...This sucks... Oh well, cant be selfish, I'm sure he's in a better place now :)
ballerina_222ballerina_222 on April 8th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this, my best friend loves his paintings and she probably wouldn't have even found out.
☸☼☸☼☸: sadsteamage on April 8th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
I always liked that he went with what was beautiful, instead of shocking. An interview with him in a magazine years ago was part of what inspired me as an artist to go ahead with trying to capture beauty and happiness, instead of getting into the modern/shocking art craze. I wondered whether someone could succeed at doing the beautiful happy things art critics sneered at, and Kinkade (although I never met him) with his work and words answered my question.

He was an uplifting person in the otherwise snarky art world; he will be missed.
madison_face09: I DREAMT OF PRINCE CHARMINGmadison_face09 on April 9th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
....What?! That's....how did this happen?