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

By G. Eric Kuskey, Bettina Gilois

The unimaginable precise tale of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described “Painter of Light,” and the dramatic upward thrust —and fall—of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business.

He was once only one guy, yet Thomas Kinkade finally made extra money from his artwork than any other artist within the background of the realm mixed. His sentimental work of babbling brooks, rural church buildings surrounded by means of wonderful fall foliage, and idyllic geographical region cottages have been so renowned within the Nineteen Nineties that one out of each twenty houses in the United States owned one among his prints. With the aid of partners—a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an formidable junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman—Kinkade grew to become his paintings right into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing company that traded at the NYSE sooner than it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.

One half a desirable enterprise tale in regards to the upward thrust, and loss of life, of a monetary empire born out of divine concept, one half a dramatic biography, Billion greenback Painter is the account of 3 nobodies who made it tremendous. one among them used to be a guy who, regardless of being a religious Christian who believed his art used to be a religious strength that can healing the ill and luxury the bad in spirit, couldn't shop his paintings empire, or himself.

Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and shut buddy until eventually 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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