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The Slave Ship (1840) by J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Kinkade and “Christian” Marketing

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The Cross (2010) by Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) Trademarked “Painter of Light” Which Was a 200 Year Old Description of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851)

Today’s blog resolves the question of “hidden crosses” that may be included in the Masonic Homes new Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade print of The Bridge of Faith.

The Bridge of Faith by Thomas Kinkade – Masonic Home at Covina
In my opinion these three Kinkade prints will be all that we need and we do not require any more Kinkade acquisitions

You may notice the three new Kinkade prints adorning the walls of our sumptuous dining hall at the Home for Retired Freemasons. Mr. Kinkade died drunk and rich at age 54 and his materialistic life had nothing to do with religious faith, spirituality or crosses, he only used Christian icons as bait in his paintings. During my facile investigation I discover no evidence of hidden crosses or any other hidden icons or messages in the works of Thomas Kinkade. With Thomas Kinkade you get exactly what you see. Kinkade’s “art” was made to sell and some of it was even specifically manufactured to sell to so-called “Christians.”

Kinkade Employed Overt Rather Than Hidden Christian Icons as Marketing Tools

The purpose of this blog is to investigate the claim of one of our Masonic Brothers who tried to tell me that there is a “cross” hidden in every Thomas Kinkade painting. It turns out that Mr. Kinkade really is a marketing genius who knows how to bait the hook to catch Christians.

Jesus Bait


Former (Kinkade franchise) gallery dealers also charged that the company used Christianity as a tool to take advantage of people. “They really knew how to bait the hook,” said one ex-dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They certainly used the Christian hook.”[35] One former dealer’s lawyer stated, “Most of my clients got involved with Kinkade because it was presented as a religious opportunity. Being defrauded is awful enough, but doing it in the name of God is really despicable.”[36] 

$pirit of Christma$ by Thomas Kinkade

We Are All Art Hustlers on this Blog

Mr. Kinkade’s self-bestowed title the Painter of Light was used to describe J.M.W. Turner over 150 years before Kinkade was even born. It appears as though Kinkade stole Turner’s artistic style as well as Turner’s artistic name. The kitchy white light art of mass market hustler Thomas Kinkade bears a striking resemblance to that of J.M.W. Turner, whom the Wall Street Journal also calls a “hustler” for being the first popular artist of the modern age.


He (Kinkade) described himself as a “Painter of Light”, a phrase he protected through trademark, but which was originally used hundreds of years ago to describe the English artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851).[5]

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Kinkade Died Rich, Relatively Young & Really Drunk

Thomas Kinkade was a colorful alcoholic known for being loud, insulting of his competitors and just generally obnoxious in public. Although Kinkade’s family tried to get away with saying Kinkade died of natural causes Mr. Kinkade’s autopsy states that the cause of death was “acute intoxication” from alcohol and Valium at age 54.

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By Dean K. McAdams has been blogging in WordPress since 2008.