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  • For some reason I am reminded of Thomas Kinkade: similar wave of shudder went through my spine.
    • Mmmmm Thomas [guardian.co.uk] Kinkade! [thomaskinkade.com]
      «"His paintings have this treacly, sickly sweet aspect which is idealised by Americans," says [San Franciscan artist Jo] Sances. "The objective was to add an element of reality to them. I think the paintings did hit a nerve." He was deluged with emails following the controversy [where he parodied Kinkade's style]: "Nine out of 10 were in favour but the ones that weren't accused me of being unpatriotic and said I should go and live in Afghanistan."»
      I just don't understand the appeal of these things. It's the pictorial equivalent of eating a bowl of ketchup. But so many people seem to have such an earnest appreciation for Kinkade's stuff that I have a hard time dismissing them all as just dumb -- altho it's very tempting. Maybe I can serenly dismiss them as having some sort of wonky perceptual disorder, like aesthetic tinnitis.
      • I don't personally like Kinkade, but he is brilliant with light on landscapes. Too bad that's ALL he is brilliant at. :) I don't have a problem with his work in particular, though; my problem is with the pervasiveness of his work. He is a fine painter, creating works many people like. I just wish I didn't see his works everywhere.