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 extra money from his artwork than any other artist within the historical past of the realm mixed. His sentimental work of babbling brooks, rural church buildings surrounded via very good fall foliage, and idyllic geographical region cottages have been so well known within the Nineteen Nineties that one out of each twenty houses in the United States owned one in every of his prints. With assistance from partners—a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an bold junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman—Kinkade grew to become his paintings 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 enterprise tale concerning the upward thrust, and death, of a monetary empire born out of divine thought, one half a dramatic biography, Billion greenback Painter is the account of 3 nobodies who made it massive. one in every 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 could healing the in poor health and luxury the negative in spirit, couldn't keep his artwork empire, or himself.

Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and shut good friend 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’s a story of dependancy and grief, of wasting keep watch over, and eventually, of the cost of our desires.

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