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

By G. Eric Kuskey, Bettina Gilois

The incredible precise 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 used to be only one guy, yet Thomas Kinkade finally made more cash from his paintings than some other artist within the historical past of the realm mixed. His sentimental work of babbling brooks, rural church buildings surrounded by way of fabulous fall foliage, and idyllic geographical region cottages have been so well known within the Nineties that one out of each twenty houses in the United States owned considered one of his prints. With the aid of partners—a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an bold junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman—Kinkade grew to become his artwork right into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing enterprise that traded at the NYSE prior to it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.

One half a desirable company tale concerning the upward push, and dying, of a monetary empire born out of divine concept, one half a dramatic biography, Billion buck Painter is the account of 3 nobodies who made it monstrous. one in every of them was once a guy who, regardless of being a religious Christian who believed his art was once a non secular strength which can healing the ailing and luxury the bad in spirit, couldn't retailer his artwork empire, or himself.

Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and shut good friend till the artist’s dying 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’s a story of dependancy and grief, of wasting keep an eye on, and eventually, of the cost of our goals.

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