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Lived/Active: California      Known for: town-landscape-nostalgic streets

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1958
 
Death
2012 (Los Gatos, California)

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California




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town-landscape-nostalgic streets

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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).

Source:
Stephen M. Doherty, "Thomas Kinkade Shares the Light", American Artist, October 2001

Added note:
Thomas Kinkade died on April 5, 2012 at his home in Los Gatos, California.

Biography from Atkinson Fine Art:
Thomas Kinkade comes from a modest background and in his paintings emphasizes simple pleasures and inspirational messages.  As a devout Christian, Kinkade uses his gift as a vehicle to communicate and spread inherent life-affirming values.

It was while growing up in the small town of Placerville, California that these important values were nurtured.  It was also during this time that Kinkade began to explore the world around him.  He spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing the best-selling instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching.  The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animated feature film Fire and Ice. It was also during this time that Kinkade began to explore light and imaginative worlds with abandon.

After the film, Kinkade earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California.  In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette, and two years later they began to publish his art.

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