In the SF Chronicle, Julian Guthrie reports that dozens of artists converged on a small underground gallery off a dark and narrow alley in the heart of North Beach on Friday night for a one-night show called "Kinkade Cannibalized! - An Exhibition of Augmented Thomas Kinkade Paintings."
Kinkade, who calls himself the 'Painter of Light' and is said to be the most collected living artist in America, creates images of Christmas chapels dusted in snow, of cottages next to placid lakes, of mountain paradises, of the perfect yellow rose and of pools of serenity. 'A lot of artists really sort of loathe Thomas Kinkade,' said Kevin Evans, who curated the show. 'Not just because of his very simple and extremely idealized and conservative view of the world, but because it's formulaic painting that creates a static and stagnant image.'
"The show was held in the gallery and studio of longtime San Francisco artist Winston Smith, best known for his collages for musicians and punk artists, including the Dead Kennedys. 'Kinkade has a formula,' Smith said, holding court at the back of his studio, behind a draped curtain. 'The bourgeois attitude that this is art is insulting.' Sitting nearby was Ron Turner, the founder and publisher of Last Gasp comic books. Turner, who was one of the first publishers to feature the work of the now widely known illustrator R. Crumb, said he also has published a book on Kinkade's work.
"'I'm not anti-Kinkade,' Turner said. 'I think he gets under everyone's skin because he glorifies the fairy tale. Kinkade is a master marketer, and I think the idealizing of the images is Kinkade's own inside joke.'"
"Kinkade Cannibalized!" curated by Kevin Evans. Winston Smith’s Grant’s Tomb Gallery, San Francisco CA. Artists included Tara Evans, Kevin Evans, David Ewald, Richard Fong, Carrie Galbraith, Marsha Grant, Margaret Griffis, Steven Johnson Leyba, Stuart Mangrum, Michelle Mangrum, Suzanne Onodera, Winston Smith, Spence Snyder, Kevin Soderlund