Net Worth: $70 Million
- Birth Place Sacramento, California, USA
- Full Name Thomas Kinkade
- Nationality American
- Date of Birth January 19, 1958
- Occupation painter
- Education El Dorado High School, University of California, Berkeley, Art Center College of Design
About Thomas Kinkade
Thomas Kinkade is a US painter. He was born in 1958. According to current estimates, his net worth stands at $70 Million. He was born in the town of Placerville in California and attended the University of California in Berkley. In 1980, Kinade and his friend James Gurney got a contract from the Guptill Publications to produce a sketching book. His book “The Artist’s Guide to Sketching” went on to become one of the bestselling books. The success from this book changed Kinkade’s luck. Both Gurney and Kinade got work at the Ralph Bakshi Studios, creating the background for the movie “Fire and Ice”. After this movie, he started living his life as a painter.
Kinkade acquired his wealth by producing his art work at a mass scale and selling it across USA through his own company “The Thomas Kinkade’s”. The uniqueness of his paintings is in his own master strokes and also with the way he used bright highlights and saturated pastel crayons. His paintings generally comprises of scenic images, like a mountain, cottage, garden, lighthouse. In fact, his home town Placerville has been an inspiration for many of the objects which he paints like streets, and snow scenes.
Kinkade was one of the most controversial painters as he received lots of criticism for commercialisation of his art. He was also selling his work through a home shopping channel and people made fun of his art as something without a basic substance. He died in 2012. He was believed to be the most successful artist whose paintings are there in 1 out of every 20 homes in USA.