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Friday, March 31, 2006

Thomas Kinkade: "Painter of Light," Chronic Territorial Marker

Peaceful scene, isnt' it? You can almost smell the apple pie cooling on Ma's window sill. This moment of bucolic repose was brought to us by none other than Thomas Kinkade AKA "The Painter of Light." Well, the L.A Times tell us about a few more moments of bliss and tranquility Mr. Kinkade has brought to America:
"[S]ome former Kinkade employees, gallery operators and others contend that the Painter of Light has a decidedly dark side.
"In sworn testimony and interviews, they recount incidents in which an allegedly drunken Kinkade heckled illusionists Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas, cursed a former employee's wife who came to his aid when he fell off a barstool, and palmed a startled woman's breasts at a signing party in South Bend, Ind.

And then there is Kinkade's proclivity for "ritual territory marking," as he called it, which allegedly manifested itself in the late 1990s outside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

"This one's for you, Walt," the artist quipped late one night as he urinated on a Winnie the Pooh figure, said Terry Sheppard, a former vice president for Kinkade's company, in an interview."


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