Too late, far too late, for me to reach the pinnacle of glory as ‘Painter of Light’. That title’s already taken by Thomas Kinkade. Instead, I declare myself as the Anti-Kinkade, Nancy Green– Painter of Blight. I like blight better, anyway. It has poignance and complexity.
The Washington Post reports that Thomas Kinkade is in financial trouble, or Thos. Kinkade Inc. Sued by some gallery owners who took it on faith that they’d get paid and are unwilling to forgive. Not very Christian of them.
If it were up to me, I’d revoke his artistic license. He paints really pretty, I’ll give him credit for that. But scamming people into thinking his mass-produced images have any worth beyond the pleasure of seeing them on the wall is just greedy. He didn’t have to string so many people along.
Joe Carter, on the Catholic site, First Things, compares the Painter of Light to a younger, hungrier, more edgy painter– named Thomas Kinkade.
In related news, Celebration, Florida has seen two violent deaths in one week. This would be sad and frightening anywhere, but is a shock for Celebration, a world unto itself created by Disney Corp. to deliver the virtual small-town experience to a select population that has the credentials to get inside the gates. Celebration is much more sucessfully Kinkade than Kinkade’s own branded housing development, The Village at Hiddenbrooke, which is a pretty ordinary California suburban plat. It does have a brooke, also known as a ‘water feature’. Don’t want too much nature– breeds mosquitos.
A picket fence can’t keep out human nature. You can build a dream home, but real people will live in it. A lot goes on behind those glowing windows.
If you are a fan of the desolate beauty of the urban center, check out Mark Freedman. He lives and paints in Providence. I worship the turps he cleans his brushes in. a gallery owner on Wickenden St. often shows his paintings. I mentioned that Mark did some fine paintings on tar paper. He said, “Mark will paint on anything that’s flat.”
When the Rapture comes, I hope the faithful will get to take their Kinkades, and Mark Freedman’s paintings will be Left Behind. But the people who buy them will probably stay here too. Maybe I’ll save up for one of Mark’s smaller works.