Painter Thomas Kinkade Died At 54

LOS ANGELES: Painter Thomas Kinkade, whose works of luminescent, chapped scenes captivated millions of Americans alike as some critics scoffed, died at his home in Northern California at age 54, a agent said.

Kinkade died abandoned on Friday at his abode in Los Gatos, a baby boondocks about 45 afar south of San Francisco, from what appeared to be accustomed causes, ancestors agent David Satterfield said. No added capacity were anon available.

"Thom provided a admirable activity for his family," his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are abashed
and afflicted by his death."

Born in Placerville, California, an old gold blitz boondocks in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and accomplished at the University of California, Berkeley, Kinkade congenital an unparalleled art empire, his works broadcast through about 4,500 art dealers, according to a 2002 account he gave to the San Jose Mercury News newspaper.

On television, Kinkade was a angle man for his art through the home arcade arrangement QVC.

Kinkade claimed to be America's best calm active artist, his prints blind on the walls of an estimated 10 actor Americans. A Christian who generally depicted scenes from the Bible, Kinkade was accepted to dress as Santa Claus anniversary Christmas and ride about Los Gatos on a motorcycle to bear gifts, according to the Mercury News.

But the aspects of his works that won Kinkade legions of admirers - the alone scenes and keep-the-home-fires afire brilliance from every lamp - were apparent by some critics as tacky, or worse.

Essayist Joan Didion lambasted Kinkade's works for their "insistent coziness," which she begin "sinister, evocative of a allurement advised to allure Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to ashen effect, as if the autogenous of the anatomy ability be on fire."

Kinkade, who trademarked the moniker "Painter of Light," alleged himself a "warrior for light" in the Mercury News interview. "With whatever aptitude and assets I have, I'm aggravating to accompany ablaze to access the black abounding bodies feel."

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