Damn, these are hilarious. On August 17th, Architect Donna Sink issued a challenge via twitter: “does anyone do paintings of modern buildings in the style of Thomas Kincade (sic)? And one talented twitterer dared to answer.
Modern Architecture In Thomas Kinkade Paintings
For those few who don’t know the work of the late Thomas Kinkade, aka the “Painter of Light™”, his depictions of gardens, cottages, estates, cityscapes, plein airs, holiday scenery, and commemorative American landmarks have become a worldwide brand and the licensed art and products can be found in a variety of more than 16,000 retail locations. Often mocked by contemporary artists and the art community, Thomas Kinkade’s works have a bad hotel lobby feel. Sickeningly sweet and overly colorful, the dappled light paintings feature all the clichés one can expect to find in appealing to the lowest common denominator when it comes to wall art.
Sink’s challenge was met by The “schtick” Haver (@nickhasthoughts on Twitter), an Indianapolis based architect with a clear sense of humor and a knack for Photoshop. He began answering the challenge by inserting Louis Kahn’s mid 1960’s box-like Fisher House into one of the Kinkade paintings, stating that it was “screaming for the eerie twilight feel.”
Calling them “Thomas Kinkade + Modernism mashups” he has shared them all on twitter, so now I can share them with you.