Billion Dollar Painter

Billion Dollar Painter

The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
Rate this:
The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described "Painter of Light, " and the dramatic rise-and fall-of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing businessHe was just one man, but Thomas Kinkade ultimately made more money from his art than every other artist in the history of the world combined. His sentimental paintings of babbling brooks, rural churches surrounded by brilliant fall foliage, and idyllic countryside cottages were so popular in the 1990s that it is estimated that one out of every twenty homes in America owned one of his prints. With the help of two partners-a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an ambitious junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman-Kinkade turned his art into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing business that traded on the New York Stock Exchange before it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.One part fascinating business story about the rise and demise of a financial empire born out of divine inspiration, one part dramatic biography, Billion Dollar Painter is the account of three nobodies who made it big. One was a man who, despite being a devout Christian who believed his artwork was a spiritual force that could cure the sick and comfort the poor in spirit, could not save his art empire-or himself.G. Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade and close friend until the artist's death in 2012, tells Kinkade's story for the first time, from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. It's a tale of addiction and grief, of losing control, and ultimately, of the price of our dreams.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 1483021904
9781483021904
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 29 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Gilois, Bettina - Author
hoopla digital

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at OPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top