By now, most of you know that Christian painter Thomas Kinkade died Friday, April 6th in his California home at the age of 54.
The “Painter of Light” was mostly know for his prints of idyllic cottages and gardens scenes, and are said to hang in 1 out of every 20 homes in the U.S.
But for a man whose images mostly reflected peace and tranquility, his worked often stirred an uproar and received much criticism from the art community.
Having seen his cottages, landscapes, churches and garden scenes for years in the marketplace, I personally perceived him as a success. His work had huge commercial appeal (which most artists long for) while remaining true to Christian concepts of peace, comfort and serenity.
But, I have personally witnessed bitter debates that ranged from calling Kinkade’s commercial success “selling out”, to challenging his very skill as an artist. While some honor the man for giving the masses warm, positive images; many in the art community find it fashionable to call his work “tacky”.
So what’s your take on the “Painter of Light”?
(Be honest…you’re safe here.)