Monday, February 27, 2006

Kincade proven to be the sideshow huckster the rest of us knew he was...

Gallery Owners Win Dispute Against Thomas Kinkade

An arbitration panel ruled against the so-called "Painter of Light." "The dealers and other ex-dealers allege that Kinkade used his religious beliefs — and manipulated theirs — to induce them to invest in Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries, independently owned stores licensed to deal exclusively in his work. They also allege that they were stuck with unsalable inventory, forced to open additional stores in markets that could not sustain them and undercut by discounters that sold Kinkade prints at prices they were forbidden to match. And they accuse the artist of scheming to devalue Media Arts Group before he took the company private for $32.7 million in early 2004, renaming it Thomas Kinkade Co."
Los Angeles Times 02/24/06

I've been telling people for years that the crap this guy paints and sells in insanely huge print runs - ISN'T WORTH THE PAPER IT'S PRINTED ON.

Kincade is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with buying 'prints' over original artwork; that combined with the fact that his paintings are ridiculously contrived and serve the lowest commmon denominator is too much to bear sometimes...

Looks like the 'fake' galleries that carry his crap are having to admit it as well.

But how does this bode for other painters that dip into the print market? I do not deal in prints for two reasons:
1. They are literally not worth anything more than the value of the paper they are printed on - if not personally pulled by the artist.
2. I produce over 200 paintings/year; if I took the time to deal with printers and color correction - I'd have little time left to paint.
- DN

1 comment:

Brennan T. Hughes said...

Daniel! Thank you! I have always HATED Kinkade! My family members ooed and ahhed over his stuff when he first got famous. They even have a couple of his big honkin' prints. The calendar is a perennial favorite, as well.

And... in our local mall we got one of those franchise galleries. Boy, did I hate that place, but my folks always wanted to go. I knew enough about art to know mass-produced crap when I saw it.

And then all the Christian bookstores started filling with his pictures. What's so Christian about solitary cabins in the snow, anyway?

Frances Shaeffer wrote some books on art from the perspective of Christian philosophy. He bemoaned how modern "Christian" art and media tended to be consistently mediocre. To me, Kincade is the poster boy for mediocre "Christian" art.

Instead of hanging up a huge print (with little dollops of paint placed there by young wage-slaves) of a sappy sentimental landscape, why not cut a hole in the wall instead and take a gander at the work of a true artist -- the creation itself (not some idealized bourgeoise dreamscape)?

And if you want to buy art, buy something original, made with real image-of-God hands, not machines.

Thank you, Daniel, for your continued teaching ministry.