According to his family, Thomas Kinkade, 54, aka Painter of Light, died in his Los Gatos, California, home yesterday of natural causes. [UPDATE: Looks like Kinkade may have died from causes related to alcoholism.) Best known for painting sentimental images of light-soaked rural life and his aggressive marketing techniques ("We also provide No Sales Tax, Low Price Guarantee, 12 month 0%
Financing, Free 6 month layaway, 100% Moneyback Guarantee within 5 days
of receiving, $10 Shipping."), Kinkade filled mall shops across the country with mass-produced paintings, prints and other high-profit merch. In 2010, his company filed for bankruptcy, and recently rumors about fraud and corruption had surfaced. Let's hope the hordes who bought his work aren't expecting the value to increase.
Watch Kinkade's video sales pitch for a painting called Christmas Cottage----->
"A dream is coming true as work begins on Home for Christmas, the first in a number of inspirational movies about my difficult boyhood. As I re-live what were, despite many hardships, golden years, I realize that God must have had a hand in some of our miraculous escapes. The home payments we scraped together, the injuries we barely avoided, the holidays we somehow managed to celebrate - these are my small dramas. In the film, I'm at work, painting a study of Christmas Cottage, -- the radiantly lit, loving home that sheltered and supported the development of my character. We are releasing the official Christmas Cottage print especially for my many loyal collectors."
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