Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012)
Known as the “Painter of Light,” Thomas Kinkade was the most successful and most collected artist in U.S. history. Having come from a modest background, Kinkade emphasized simple living and inspirational messages through his paintings.
It was while growing up in the small town of Placerville, California that these important values were nurtured. It was also during this time that Kinkade began to explore the world around him. He spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing the best-selling instructional book, “The Artist’s Guide to Sketching”. The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animated feature film “Fire and Ice.” It was also during this time that Kinkade began to explore light and imaginative worlds with abandon.
After the film, Kinkade earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette, and two years later they began to publish his art.
Thomas Kinkade’s art lives on even though he passed away on April 6, 2012.
Awards and Recognition
Thomas Kinkade received many awards for his works, including multiple National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) awards for Artist of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year, and his art has been named Lithograph of the Year nine times. In 2004, Kinkade received a special award from NALED recognizing him as the Most Award Winning Artist in the Past 25 Years.
Thomas Kinkade was recognized not only for his art, but also for his philanthropic efforts. In 2004, NALED honored Kinkade with the Eugene Freedman Humanitarian Award. In 2003, he was chosen as a national spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) and raised over $350,000 for the organization during his 20 Years of Light Tour. He was honored with the 2002 World Children’s Center Humanitarian Award for his contributions to improving the welfare of children and their families through his work.
In 2002, Thomas Kinkade was inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame as an individual who has influenced the public’s perception of tourism in California through his images of California sights. He was selected to commemorate the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games and several World Series. In his prime, Kinkade met with the Pope, U.S. Presidents, celebrities, and other well-known dignitaries to convey his hope-filled, life-affirming message. His influence knew no bounds.
Mr. Kinkade also had the honor of commemorating a number of important milestones in American heritage, including the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary, the 85th Farewell Season of Yankee Stadium, Graceland’s 50th Anniversary, the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and others.
Not only was Mr. Kinkade praised for his unparalleled talent, but for his philanthropic efforts as well. Fulfilling his desire to share his work, his paintings have been used to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Salvation Army, Hurricane Katrina Relief, Rotary International, and many more as donations that now grace the halls of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the White House, The Vatican, Britain’s Tate Museum and more.
STATEMENT OF EDITIONS
The publisher of Thomas Kinkade and Thomas Kinkade Studios art creates only the finest quality Limited Edition art. Every print is carefully crafted to ensure a masterful recreation of the color, brushwork, and lighting of the original artwork. Each image is published in editions, which vary in size, limitation, format, and finishing embellishments to serve the needs of various collectors. Limited Editions are limited either by a predetermined edition size or by a predetermined time period of availability. When restricted by a set edition size, a Limited Edition is considered sold out after all pieces are sold by the publisher. When limited to availability during a specified time period, a time-limited edition is considered sold out at the end of this period. In each case, once the Limited Edition is completely sold out, no more of such Limited Editions will be reproduced by the publisher. Typically, editions are published in both canvas and selected paper editions. With each Limited Edition release, there may be a variety of editions made up one or more of the following. The Publisher may offer other editions not described below and the descriptions below are general – specific indicia, criteria, and embellishment may be added or removed from various editions based on the release date, the image and other factors.
STANDARD NUMBERED (S/N) The Standard Numbered Canvas is individually hand-highlighted and numbered with the designation of S/N in the numbering process.
ARTIST PROOF (A/P) The Artist Proof Canvas is issued in a small edition. Artist Proofs are individually hand-highlighted and are designated with the letters A/P during the numbering process.
GALLERY PROOF (G/P) The Gallery Proof Canvas is individually hand-highlighted and can be distinguished by the unique gold foil Remarque stamped onto the image. Gallery Proofs are designated with letters G/P during the numbering process.
PUBLISHER PROOF (P/P) The Publisher Proof Canvas is a very small edition available at the discretion of the Publisher. Hand-highlighted and numbered, they are designated PP during the numbering process.
EXAMINATION PROOF (E/P) The Examination Proof is a special canvas edition offered as an opportunity for collectors to preview select new releases. The canvases are individually hand-highlighted, have the designation of E/P during the numbering process and have a small edition size.
HOMETOWN EDITION (H/E) Hand-highlighted and numbered, each Hometown Edition canvas is designated with letters H/E and includes city and state codes in the print number. The Hometown Edition is a special Limited Edition reserved for distribution to specific regions. The regions are identified by cities.
INTERNATIONAL PROOF (I/P) The International Proof Canvas is reserved for distribution outside of the United States. The International Proof canvases are individually hand-highlighted and feature a gold foil stamp on the front of the canvas. Each is also designated with the letters I/P during the numbering process.
INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS (I/SN, I/AP, I/GP, I/PP, I/EP, I/AN, I/EE, I/RE, I/SP, I/ME) International editions are reserved for distribution outside of the United States and generally are comparable to the corresponding domestic editions.
ATELIER NATIONAL (A/N) Hand-highlighted and numbered, each Atelier National canvas is designated with the letters A/N. Beginning in January 2003, the monumental size was designated as Atelier National.
ESTATE EDITION (E/E) The Estate Edition is an extremely limited edition created with a textured process. It is then finished by a Master Highlighter with additional highlighting and a special hand sketched Remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Each Estate Edition is designated by letter E/E during the numbering process.
RENAISSANCE EDITION (R/E) For images released prior to April 6, 2012, the Renaissance Edition is a reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist’s actual brush work. It is finished by a Master Highlighter and a special Remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Upon satisfactory completion, the artist hand signed the front of the canvas and a foil-stamped silver Renaissance Edition seal is applied to the back. Each Renaissance Edition is designated by the letters R/E during the numbering process. For images released after April 6, 2012, the Renaissance Edition is a special reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process. A Master Highlighter enhances the image with additional highlights and a special Remarque is applied to the verso side of the canvas. Lastly, a foil-stamped silver Renaissance Edition seal is applied to the back of the canvas. Each Renaissance Edition is designed with the letters R/E during the numbering process.
STUDIO PROOF (S/P) For images released prior to April 6, 2012, the Studio Proof is created with a textured brushstroke process that recreates the artist’s actual brush work. It is finished by a Master Highlighter who hand sketches an original and identifying Remarque on the verso side of the canvas. Upon satisfactory completion, the artist applied final highlights himself, and hand signed the front of the canvas in metallic ink. Lastly, a foil stamped gold Studio Proof seal is applied to the verso side. The letters S/P designates each Studio Proof during the numbering process. For images released after April 6, 2012, the Studio Proof is a special reserve edition created with a textured brushstroke process. A Master Highlighter enhances the image with additional highlights and then hand sketches an original and identifying Remarque on the verso side of the canvas. Lastly, a foil-stamped gold Studio Proof seal is applied to the back of the canvas. Each Studio Proof edition is designated with the letters S/P during the numbering process and a metallic authorized signature is applied to the front of the canvas.
MASTER EDITION (M/E) The Master Edition is the ultimate expression of detail, artist involvement, and collectability of any edition issued by the Publisher. Each Master Edition was extensively hand-highlighted by Thomas Kinkade and he hand sketched a highly detailed Remarque on the verso side of the canvas. Enhancing the exclusivity of the Master Edition is the personal touch of the artist’s unique thumbprint and Master Edition Seal located on the back of the canvas. To signify authenticity, the Master Edition was hand-signed in metallic ink by Thomas Kinkade. Each Master Edition is numbered, with the letters M/E during the numbering process.
ORIGINALS: The copyright for the original artwork is owned by Thomas Kinkade, the Estate of Thomas Kinkade, the Kinkade Family Trust, Thomas Kinkade Studios, LLC and/or one or more of their assignees and extends to all preparatory studies, sketches, layouts, design work, including character design and architectural design, color schemes, final rendering and brushwork by Thomas Kinkade and/or any apprentices, assistants, designers and graphic artists involved with the creation of the artwork. The original used in printing these Limited Edition prints has been retained for archival purposes.