Artist Thomas Kinkade, known for his paintings of landscapes with cottages, rural gardens, Chistmas scenes and churches bathed in morning light, died yesterday of natural causes at age 54, as reported by his family.
The artist died of natural causes at his home in the town of Los Gatos, in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, as reported by MercuryNews of Los Gatos.
Kinkade, also known as the “painter of light” usually painted quiet scenes of rural vegetation and rivers, country cottages, beautiful gardens and biblical passages. Although his style was often lashed by art critics as kitschy, the treatment of light in his landscapes were highly prized by the American middle class.
Thomas Kinkade's paintings adorn about 10 million U.S. and Canadian homes. He was a very prolific painter capturing sales of $ 100 million a year.
“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage," said Kinkade in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes in 2007. "There's been million-seller books and million-seller CDs. But there hasn't been, until now, million-seller art," he added, according to 60 Minutes. "We have found a way to bring to millions of people, an art that they can understand."
A painting by Thomas Kinkade showing his style, use of illumination and exquisite detail.(Screengrab from ZAP2it)