Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light

Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light

Bettina Gilois

Language: English

Pages: 296

ISBN: 1602862443

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described “Painter of Light,” and the dramatic rise – and fall – of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business.

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165–166 Tahoe gambling trip (2001), 143–146 Safer, Morley, 105 Salvation Army, 218 San Francisco Argonaut, 12 San Francisco Chronicle, 161 San Francisco Fortnightly, 12 San Jose Mercury News, 250 Schuller, Robert, Pastor, 122 Sealey, Peter, 169 Sharing the Light trademark, 149–150 Sheppard, Terry firing of, 187 Kinkade relationship, 121, 186–187, 219 as Kinkade’s videographer, 51, 52, 53, 98, 121, 122, 139, 147, 154, 176, 186–187 lawsuits and, 209, 212 Siegfried and Roy show, 119,

or why some painters use oils and others acrylic. You should know how Andy Warhol used multimedia, and how he created his famous Campbell soup cans series. You have to understand art’s place in history. Obviously, most vacuum cleaner salesmen are not trained in the business of art. Rick Barnett, however, had learned. A brilliant man, he had become an eloquent American art scholar. He knew the importance of being able to describe Thom’s place in history. He was also Thom’s biggest fan, perhaps

world of fine art, and referred to himself and his work as the “Trojan horse in the enemy camp.” To me he would say, “They didn’t appreciate Norman Rockwell when he was alive. Even Rockwell didn’t think his art was worth anything. He gave paintings away to his neighbors and the milkman. And now they’re worth a million dollars. Popular sentiment prevailed. I think it will be the same with me. I just don’t know if I will live to see it myself.” At least Thom didn’t have to wait for the monetary

faith in God, and whose images validated that faith. Here they were safe from a secular world that didn’t share their values, among fellow believers who dedicated their lives to doing good in the name of Jesus Christ. Here was Thomas Kinkade in the flesh, speaking to them as though they were old friends, witnessing his own faith to them. The emotional impact couldn’t have been greater. The religious experience couldn’t have been stronger. And on top of that, the financial rewards seemed

that point on, he was a changed man. The carefree Thom, the man who never grew up, the ebullient Thom I knew so well, was less and less to be seen. Instead, a darker side came out. Nanette told me later that it was as if she was watching the light in Thom slowly go out. I can only imagine how deep the despair inside him must have been. What began in his garage had grown into a business, and then into an empire. And now it was crumbling. The highs had been so high, and he had felt so invincible

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