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Thomas Kinkade was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving Friday night

 
 
Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 10:46 am
6/15/10
Sacramento Bee

Thomas Kinkade was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving Friday night.

The painter of light is having a dark period.

Thomas Kinkade, the Placerville native who became one of the world's wealthiest artists with his sentimental landscapes and Christian motifs, has had a string of legal troubles.

His company owes millions of dollars to art gallery owners who successfully pressed fraud claims.

Earlier this month the firm filed for bankruptcy protection from those gallery owners and hundreds of other creditors.

And on Friday, the 52-year-old Kinkade, who calls himself "the painter of light," was arrested on a DUI charge outside Carmel, where he owns a home.

Kinkade could not be reached for comment Monday. But a company spokesman insisted all was well in the artist's empire.

"Tom is still painting and the business is still strong," said Dave Satterfield.

He said Kinkade would not comment on the DUI arrest on the advice of his lawyer. Officials at Kinkade's corporate offices were still reviewing the allegations, Satterfield said.

"We will have more to say once we've completed that review," he said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Monterey County sheriff's deputy stopped Kinkade's Mercedes- Benz for a vehicle code violation Friday night.

The deputy suspected Kinkade was under the influence and called the Highway Patrol for assistance, said CHP Officer Robert Lehman.

A CHP officer performed tests to determine if Kinkade was impaired and arrested him just after 10 p.m., Lehman said.

The arresting officer reported that Kinkade was "very polite," during the exchange, Lehman said.

The painter was booked into the Monterey County jail on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, Lehman said.

Kinkade submitted to a blood test, but the CHP is not releasing his blood-alcohol content, the officer said.

It was the second time this month that Kinkade had been embroiled in legal woes.

On June 2, his company Pacific Metro, formerly known as Media Arts and the Thomas Kinkade Co., filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court.

The company, one of Kinkade's two major corporate arms, produces the paintings sold at galleries around the world, Satterfield said.

Another corporation handles licensing, he said.

Satterfield said reorganization under bankruptcy laws was needed because outsourcing had left the company with a fraction of its former work force but still holding long-term leases.

"The company is in serious financial condition and is unable to continue without debt relief," the bankruptcy filing said.

The company owes 1,000 to 5,000 creditors a total of $10 million to $50 million, according to court documents.

A list of creditors more than 100 pages long was appended to the bankruptcy filing. It included a cardboard-box company in Sacramento, the state Board of Equalization and small art galleries in Folsom, Auburn and Elk Grove.

At the top of the list were Karen Hazelwood and Jeff Spinello, art gallery owners from Virginia to whom Kinkade's company said it owed almost $2.4 million.

The debt stemmed from a fraud claim the couple won in arbitration in 2006. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the award last June.

The couple and their lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday.

Second on the list were another set of art gallery owners who won a $1.4 million award in a similar case. That case is still being appealed, Satterfield said.

There had been a number of similar claims against the company which had failed, he said.


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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 10:51 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
As you know, I'm the complete opposite of a fan of his - but I think drunk driving is a sad and dangerous business for all, mostly others on the road, but also for the driver, whoever he or she may be.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 12:45 pm
@ossobuco,
Im amazed at how a public, even one that is untrained, could fall for his schlock. I am totally without speech.

I remember when his "financial problems" associated with mail fraud, actually began. He was always in the news announcing how he welcomed the opportunity to make his case. Obviously he wasnt too convincing.

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djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 12:47 pm
throw the book at him, he should have been arrested years ago for impersonating an artist
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 01:00 pm
Upon his release, he stumbled home, puked all over a painting of a cozy stone lakehouse whose glowing windows illuminate the surrounding firs, and sold it to a redneck for $500.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 05:41 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
I'd never heard of him so I googled him in google images.

Oh the horror!
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 06:40 pm
foxfyre was a collector.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 06:42 pm
@dyslexia,
that wouldn't surprise me
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 07:02 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

foxfyre was a collector.


Is that a known thing, or a quip?
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 07:14 pm
@dlowan,
Quote:
I'd never heard of him so I googled him in google images.
Hey, I got me three tommy K paintins and I keeps em right next to my Keane painting of the bug eyed kids and my ELvis on black velvet.(The one where Elvis is cryin about sumthin)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 07:21 pm
One of the ladies I used to work with used his paintings for a screensaver. She thought he was wonderful. Mr. Green
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 08:05 pm
@edgarblythe,
All the gift shops in PA Dutch Country carry his crap as collector plates. Imagine having a whole set of dishwear handpainted with Tommy Kinkade paintings .

Did he have to face a battery charge several years ago? or is that some other schlock artist?
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 08:40 pm
@dlowan,
she posted about it.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 15 Jun, 2010 08:56 pm
@farmerman,
I've mostly ignored the guy. I just looked in here to see if he had any actual fans on a2k.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 06:20 am
@edgarblythe,
Well, looks like we wont have Thomas Kinkade art to look down upon anymore. He died yesterday at 57. He had been under care for undisclosed medical problems.
jcboy
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 06:44 am
@farmerman,
I heard that on the news yesterday. Too young!. He was not well regarded by the art establishment, that is a fact. He was mocked quite a bit due to his mass-market approach to selling art. Anyone with stores in shopping malls is not going to be very well regarded by the old school art establishment IMO.

His work is not appealing to me, but it's impossible to deny his popularity and appeal to millions.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 07:23 am
@farmerman,
What was so BAD about his art ???
Fido
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 07:31 am
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

As you know, I'm the complete opposite of a fan of his - but I think drunk driving is a sad and dangerous business for all, mostly others on the road, but also for the driver, whoever he or she may be.
Sure; but if at night, just follow the light and you'll be alright... Yet, if you see red, and you see blue, it means the devil's after you...
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 09:36 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Ive aways felt his work was kinda pointless. His perspective, color sense, composition, were all products of refrigerator art.

The "mommy walls" in heaven will have stuff to paste up now.

I was bombed for being snide about his death on another thread. I suppose I did commit the egregious error of not turning my opinions off for a brief period of respectfulness, I cant do it. I gotta be me.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 8 Apr, 2012 01:59 pm
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
Ive aways felt his work was kinda pointless.
His perspective, color sense, composition, were all products of refrigerator art.
I 'll take your word for it.
I 've never had much interest in that.




farmerman wrote:
The "mommy walls" in heaven will have stuff to paste up now.
What r those ??




farmerman wrote:
I was bombed for being snide about his death on another thread. I suppose I did commit the egregious error
of not turning my opinions off for a brief period of respectfulness,
I cant do it. I gotta be me.
I gotta respect that.

( I wonder what u 'd have said qua my expressed opinions
after Kennedy got shot. )
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