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Thomas Kinkade's Death Can't Stop His Light

by Emily Abbate on April 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Thomas Kinkade diesOne of Thomas Kinkade's many paintings.

One of the most successful artists of all time, Thomas Kinkade, died Friday at the age of 54. The self-proclaimed "Painter of Light" passed at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes.

Despite being reviled by the art establishment, Kinkade was the people's painter. A religious man, Kinkade commonly painted bridges, gates, and visual depictions of bible verses -- his distinguishable style defined by his use of light to often symbolize god.

But it wasn't just his paintings that are inspirational, it's also his words. Kinkade may have had one of the most unique, optimistic outlooks well ... ever. Today, let's remember Thomas Kinkade by reflecting on some of his best quotes:

"What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is slow it down and enjoy every moment."

"Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination."

"Surround yourself with the kinds of input that are uplifting, that expand your mind and settle your spirit."

"Study the faces of people you love as if they weren't familiar."

"Love your home -- its physical space, its personal history, the relationships that define it."

Wow, some powerful stuff -- right? These are only the tip of the iceberg, too. Whether or not Thomas was "well-liked" in the art world, the man has a perspective that was admirable, and a talent that was irrefutable. May his legacy continue to live on through his work. Considering it's in more than 10 million homes across the United States, I don't think that will be a problem.

Are you a fan of Thomas Kinkade's work?


Image via Allan Fergusen/ Flickr


  • JAFE


    April 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I hadn't heard this. How sad. I have a couple of his prints. Godspeed.

  • JAIRA...


    April 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    I love his work.
  • butte...


    April 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I know some people who will be very sad to hear this. My stepmother is a huge fan of his work.

  • anon
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    April 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM
    Always sad when someone passes, but truth be told, his work was a bane to the real art community.
  • no1zm...


    April 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Well "anon", I think that's a rather harsh statement.  There are people out there who enjoy his work and unless you can do better you should be quiet.  I know plenty of " real" artists who liked his work.

  • hahaha
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    April 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM
    No "real" artist would ever admit to liking his work. They're glorified paint by numbers.
  • kiri8


    April 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    His work was terrible and trite and boring.  And it was pretty paint-by-numbers, as he had assistants do most of them.  That's my opinion, and I am entitled to it, just as Kinkade fans are entitled to theirs.

    However, I am sorry he died so young, and I feel sorrow for his family.

  • ruby_...


    April 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    oh wow. That is so sad. I loved his work. I don't understand why his art was never embraced by the art world. it is truly stunning. RIP 

  • Mme....
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    Mme. Garlic

    April 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM
    Not a fan. He did bring joy and comfort to a lot of people, though, and he was way too young to die.
  • starl...


    April 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I loved his work.  His art made me start looking at others and now I enjoy it very much..Ty Mr. Kinkade may you R.I.P...

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