Artist Thomas Kinkade Seminar by Park West Gallery


Written by Robert Voss

If your take a cruise, Park West Gallery (PWG) maybe on board your cruise ship selling their works of art. PWG sometimes give cruise passengers an opportunity to learn more about a certain artists along with buying some of their work aboard the ship. This is a great experience for all to learn more about any artists.

I had a chance to sit in on the Thomas Kinkade Art Seminar. The PWG Art Director and their associates are quite knowledgeable on many artists’ collections and series. Most people have seen Kinkade’s work before and probably did not realize it. His work is sold commercially as well as privately too.

The staff of PWG went over just about everything on Thomas Kinkade’s art style and brief biography about this artist. There are many of Kinkade’s commercial art reproductions out there in the market place.

Who is Thomas Kinkade? He is an American born painter who mainly paints landscapes from mostly Northern California Disney themes, and much more. He is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via the Thomas Kinkade Company. According to Kinkade’s company, one in every twenty American homes owns a copy of one of his paintings. Kinkade died in 2012 at the age of 54. This information came from .

What is the meaning of “Painting of light?” This is a termed used and trademark by Kinkade. He uses vibrant color throughout a single painting. A viewer will notice a strong light presents from lit street lampposts, buildings, and much more.

At the end of the art seminar, PWG may give prizes for those who were in attendance for this seminar. This seminar may waffle off one of Thomas Kincsade’s prints, a few $250 coupon off any Thomas Kincade’s prints or paintings to be purchased on that day.

The PWG staff unveiled the onboard Thomas Kincade art collection. Expect to see most of his work from Northern California along with some Disney themed scenes too. Some of Kinkaid’s collections can be discontinued at anytime.

There is one work of art that caught my eye was KinKade which was painting of the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland Main Street scene. Because I have a Fine Arts background, I am critiquing this painting so the viewer will have a better understanding of it. If this painting is not positioned in the right lighting it is very dull and the color is very flat. There are twelve hidden mickey icons in this painting, which is fun to pick out. How many can you find? The lampposts and the Disneyland Castle are lit with light. Kinkade painted this scene in the late afternoon or early evening because of the sunset. The street is wet with reflections.

The PWG price tag on this painting retails for $4,000 and the auction price was starting around $2,900. There is some great savings if given the opportunity to buy this original series painting that is numbered.

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If you purchase any artwork, it is also recommended to get the document appraisal value on any high-end artwork for an additional cost. Your home insurance may need this document to insurance your artwork.

Before going to any art auctions do some research and know the price range for a particular work you want to purchase. This will help you not to over bid on a certain piece of art.

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