Dark Side Of A Popular Artist

Former associates reveal a darker side to Thomas Kinkade, a popular artist who has inspired some suburban developments.
March 6, 2006, 12pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Thomas Kinkade is famous for his luminous landscapes and street scenes, those dreamy, deliberately inspirational images he says have brought "God's light" into people's lives, even as they have made him one of America's most collected artists...But some former Kinkade employees, gallery operators and others contend that the Painter of Light has a decidedly dark side...Kinkade has spun a hugely lucrative career from his distinctly romantic, idealized images of street scenes, lighthouses, country cottages and landscapes. It is a world without sharp edges, all warm and fuzzily aglow with setting suns and streetlights and luminescent windows."

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Published on Sunday, March 5, 2006 in The Los Angeles Times
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