11 March, 2006

(1 Kings 21:21) Behold, I will bring evil upon thee...And will cut off...him that pisseth against the wall

Everyone that has spent more than ten minutes in a Christian bookstore recognizes these paintings. Thomas Kinkade is THE evangelical artist who has become a multi-millionaire over the past decade selling his paintings and other related items. They usually have a nice Bible verse about how nice and neat is our God.

This week Thomas Kinkade was arrested (allegedly) for going on a drunken rampage wherein he urinated on a statue of Winnie the Pooh out of a rage concerning his contract. (See article below.)


Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Thomas Kinkade, LA Times

18 comments:

Lyd said...

That is very sad. I don't really know anything about him. Is he known to be a Christian....??

edwardseanist said...

Wow! I got my Thomas Kinkade Bible. It was a wedding gift =)

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lyd said...

Good work, James! Awesome :)

DJP said...

That's a very clever verse-connection.

Myself, if the LA Times reported that water were "powerful wet stuff," I'd feel constrained to walk over to a faucet to see if something had changed.

Where does it say he was "arrested" recently?

karl said...

that was a favorite pasttime of me and my friends in seminary

karl said...

nathan, you are the funniest guy i know.

Nate said...

Google news it. Other articles show mroe. I thought that this one was "fair and balanced" since it gives his side of the argument.

Penumbra said...

I'd urinate on a statue of Winnie the Pooh sober! Good for him!

Mark said...

It is a very clever tie-in with the verse. Quite witty.

As for the story itself, I hope that this is simply an area where his sanctification is lacking. Yeah, his paintings are mediocore, but still... regardless, he ought to be kept in our prayers.

Droll Flood said...

If anything, this is surely a providential admonishment (subject to scripture) to live above reproach, let there not even be a hint of immorality.
I hope of all that comes of this that Kinkade isn't painted "the painter of Blight on Christ's name."

Droll Flood said...

Mark,
On a side note:
Mediocre?
I don't think I'd quite say that. Maybe not my taste. I definitely would take 1400's-1600's Dutch, Belgic, and Flemish art(nixing the pornographic content of some of them) over Kinkade. I like Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn use of light in their paintings more than Kinkade. But I'm taking a bit of a tangent. What's to argue against a person's tastes?

Nate said...

Vermeer is the true painter of light. In 1996 I saw all of his works at the National Gallery. It was the first time in 400 years that ALL existing work was assembled.

It was very spectacular to see the use of light.

Makes Kinkade look like a drunken-pooh-pissin'-paint-by-number freak!

Mark said...

Alrighty, I withdraw the "mediocore" label... art isn't my forte, so I really shouldn't critique it. But yes, the Dutch masters were much better.

Fuhrer Frau said...

"Makes Kinkade look like a drunken-p**h-p**in'-paint-by-number fr**k!"

NATHAN - SHAME ON YOU. THAT DESERVES SOME PUBLIC REBUKE.....

'Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.' Eph. 4:29 ;)

GRRR.

Nate said...

I am not sure if that is corrupt. Anyone that pees on Pooh is a freak. Period.

As for the word piss...its in the bible.

Droll Flood said...

"Anyone that pees on Pooh is a freak"
-Or anyone that pooh-poohs piss?

Ellie said...

Thomas Kinkade has never struck me as an artist. Because Evangelicals are thirsty to find Gods word in our corrupt culture, many apparently purchased his "limited edition" work. Getting scripture out there is good. His work is pretty and perfect. Too good to be true. And really remind me of a fancy paint by number. In general it is good to be suspect of anyone marketing a product connected to a Bible verse.
I am not happy at his current difficulties, yet not suprised. I'm not saying he is not a Christian, but that if he is, perhaps God requires his attention?
Unlike Nate, I have never attended art school.I agree the Dutch have produced some gifted artists. They however also struggled with mood instability. My favorite artist is Melozzo da Forli. I long for an enlarged print of his work, "Musical Angels." Alas, this work is owned by the Vatican and only small prints are available. His work can be see at The Vatican Picture Library in New York.