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Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012)
"Best known for his use of light in his paintings, Thomas Kinkade grew up in Northern California in the small town of Placerville, and has been a published artist since the late 1980s.
During college, he spent a summer sketching with a friend, and they created the book The Artist's Guide to Sketching, which opened the door for them to paint background art for the animated film "Fire and Ice", in which Kinkade explored the use and effects of light. Following the completion of this film, he made his living as a painter, selling his work in galleries in California.
After marrying in 1982, Kinkade and his wife began to publish his art commercially. He demonstrates an admiration for the tradition of 19th- century American luminists and attempts to create romantic worlds and uplifting moods covering a wide variety of subjects, from quaint cottages to rustic outdoor scenes, to bustling cityscapes.
His is a warm palette, utilizing soft edges in his painting technique, and an effort to create a glowing atmosphere. He is a devout Christian whose intent is to communicate values of family, home, and faith in God through his art.
Thomas Kinkade has been inducted into the Bradford International Hall of Fame for plate artists, along with his idol, Norman Rockwell. In 1995 he received the Lithograph of the Year Award and 1995 Graphic Artist of the Year from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers.
His work has been the subject of several books, among them Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light (Lightpost Publishing, 1993), and Thomas Kinkade: Paintings of Radiant Light (Abbeville Press, 1995)."
Stephen M. Doherty, "Thomas Kinkade Shares the Light", American Artist, October 2001
Thomas Kinkade died on April 5, 2012 at his home in Los Gatos, California.
"Perhaps in a garden we are closer to our creator. We certainly are closer to His creation. My prayer is that this painted garden will be a meeting place for many that would speak to their God in the silence of morning."
This is a lithograph print on canvas after a painting by Kincade. According to the information on the back, it is a lithograph hand highlighted by artisans under the supervision of Thomas Kincade. The "signature" is not that of Kincade. It is not numbered so it is not a limited edition print but it is large.
These sell for about $200-300 at auction.
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