“Painter of Light,” Thomas Kinkade dies at 54

American Artist Thomas Kinkade passed away Friday evening. An autopsy will soon reveal the cause of death. Kinkade was nicknamed the “Painter of Light,” for his bright paintings, many of which are Disney themed. Most will say he’s no Picasso, but he has created a name for himself in the art industry. Over 1 million Americans own a Kinkade painting. The employees at his gallery in California probably won’t get a lunch break today. Phones are off the hook and customers are standing in line to grab one of his original paintings, some starting at around $150,000. Whether you consider him a “true” artist or not, his artwork made him one of the most popular American artists of all time. Farewell, Kinkade.

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