The Wish Behind the Art~

Thomas Kinkade has passed away. No matter how you felt about his religious views, or his paintings. No matter if you agreed with the art “establishment” , (such a vile word , don’t you think? establishment?) and thought his paintings were mass produced junk ( their words , not mine.), the man was the most sold living artist, and his works were in millions of homes. People want hope , I think. They want their art that they hang on the wall to not only be beautiful, but to give them a sense of something bigger. Peoples lives are a mess these days, and as much as it would be great to think so , it’s probably not going to get better anytime soon. And we can’t all travel to the finest cities, to see the most wonderful works of art. We can’t all shell out thousands of dollars for the great masters, or even a medium level master. Some of us must take our art and pleasure where we can afford it. We must seek hope from the world we see, and the art that we ARE able to see.
And you can’ t deny that there IS something undeniably fetching about a lot of his paintings. Now, not all, I understand, but a lot. I think perhaps the “establishment” is more mocking of the fact that is paintings are “idealized” ( another word I loathe!) versions of the world. The way we “wish ” it would be. But, isn’t that what art is really for? The fantasy, the wish, the hope that someday we could wake up ,somehow, and find the world we envisioned , brought to fabulous life before us? I think so. And I think Mr. Kinkade accomplished that very feeling for thousands.
So, whether you loved , or loathed him, and his work, I think there will probably never be another like him. Rest in peace, Mr. Kinkade.


5 thoughts on “The Wish Behind the Art~”

  1. How could anyone not like his art? To not like it is ‘like’ not liking the light but for those who don’t consider him a master artist they truly must live in darkness. I am an artist who wishes i could paint like him and since I am self-taught this has inspired me to try. Thank you! Hope you are feeling better today.

    1. Well, you know how people are. It’s because they consider his selling his art to the masses, as a form of “selling out”. You know, the whole if the unwashed public buys it, it must be junk, type kind of thing. Believe it or not, he had received tons and tons of criticism from the “establishment”. I think jealousy surely must play into a lot of that. I mean seriously, he was the highest selling living artist, there has to be haters for something like that! Thanks, I am feeling some better! I hope you are having a great day too! (((HUGS)))

  2. So sad to hear this. I loved his paintings of light. He could always make light shine in the best of places. Thomas Kinkade will definitely be missed.

    Hope you are feeling well yourself, and I’m glad to be back in the blog world 🙂

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