Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas by G. Eric Kuskey

By G. Eric Kuskey

The unimaginable actual tale of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described “Painter of Light,” and the dramatic upward push —and fall—of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business.
He was once only one guy, yet Thomas Kinkade finally made more cash from his paintings than another artist within the heritage of the area mixed. His sentimental work of babbling brooks, rural church buildings surrounded by means of superb fall foliage, and idyllic nation-state cottages have been so well known within the Nineties that one out of each twenty houses in the USA owned one in every of his prints. With assistance from partners—a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an formidable junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman—Kinkade became his artwork right into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing company that traded at the NYSE sooner than it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.
One half a desirable company tale concerning the upward thrust, and dying, of a monetary empire born out of divine idea, one half a dramatic biography, Billion greenback Painter is the account of 3 nobodies who made it vast. considered one of them used to be a guy who, regardless of being a religious Christian who believed his paintings used to be a religious strength which may treatment the ailing and luxury the bad in spirit, couldn't store his artwork empire, or himself.

Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and shut pal until eventually the artist's demise in 2012, tells Kinkade's tale for the 1st time—from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. it is a story of dependancy and grief, of wasting keep watch over, and finally, of the cost of our dreams.

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