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    I was on a cruise ship recently. They were auctioning of some of his paintings (prints I presume) – its only when you get up close that you realise how truly crap they are.

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    One of the most surreal things I’ve seen was the Kinkade gallery in the Amish community of Arthur, Illinois. Surrounded by horse-drawn carriages and elegant farms is a high-tech, track-lighted, computerized, big-city-designer’d gallery full of crappy “paintings”. There was a stern-looking Amish woman running the thing. They were doing brisk tourist business. And probably also a lot of nonpaying traffic like me and MrsDoF who stopped in to wonder, “WTF?”

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    I just hope he didn’t “mark his territory,” as he is in the habit of doing. And if I were the new owner, I’d have the place professionally cleaned.

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    Buffalo Gal & ceresina – be careful now. The house might seem like a bargain to you, but the contract probably requires you to buy two condemned properties and a toxic waste pit that he hasn’t been able to sell elsewhere.

  6. George Cauldron says

    Only $359K for a three-bedroom house? You are spoiled out there in Minnesota.

    Indeedy. Where I live, that house could go for anywhere from $700K-$900K.

    And glowing would cost you extra. Believe me.

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    Median sales price for homes in Placerville is about $412K. Without comps it’s hard to tell if this one is reasonable or not.

    On a recent family vacation, my SO and I were joking about having seen the Kinkade “Archives” in Monterey. My boys were asking about the art and we tried to describe how bad it is. One of the stops on the trip was in Placerville (not because of the Kinkade connection) and, as we were walking on the main street we passed the gallery. I pointed to some of the pictures and the boys just said “Oh, I see!”

    I fail to understand how he can be as prolific as he is. Along with being bad, the paintings are extremely detailed, which equates to taking a long time. He must have a staff that “helps” him.

    Despite Kinkade, it’s a pleasant town, with some great history (known as “Hangtown” during the California Gold Rush.) I’m not surprised at what the home prices are. This is, after all, Calfornia.

  8. Steverino says

    Kinkade is a hack. His “motel” art is shit and what’s really funny is he doesn’t paint most of it! He has a team of less-talented hacks who do the majority of the painting and then then he puts finishing touches on the crap, signs it and sells them to would be motel owners.

    He is prolific becuase as long as there are “Mary on the half shell”, NASCAR hats and pink flamingos being sold…his motel art will have a home.

  9. George Cauldron says

    Sacramento, California is booming and Placerville is now considered a bedroom community of Sacramento. All else follows.

  10. Jim in Chicago says

    Is exorcism included in the price?

    Kinkade is to art as Intelligent Design is to Science.

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    A couple of years ago I drove up to Roseville (north of Sacramento) for lunch with a friend. He needed to drop off some page proofs (he’s a technical writer) with one of his clients before we went off to a restaurant, so we swung by the client’s home. Suddenly we weren’t in Kansas (I mean, California) anymore. We were in Kinkade Bizarro-land. The homes in the development were all gingerbread and marzipan (I mean that figuratively because we didn’t break off any corners for a taste test). I don’t know if it was an official Kinkade-sponsored development (most of those plans appear to have failed as Kinkade’s empire shrinks), but it was kitschy enough to be one. Any diabetics who go near one of those places should keep some insulin handy, just in case.

    I hear, by the way, that some bargains are to be had in that development. I believe the purchase price includes a neighborhood security patrol for protection against home invasions by ragamuffins like Hansel and Gretel.

    P.S.: My Mom thinks Kinkade paintings are “precious”, which clinches it as far as I’m concerned.

  12. SkookumPlanet says

    Steverino, ArtK, SteveF

    It’s worse than you think. If you’re referencing Kincade’s gallery paintings, then no one paints them. A machine does.

    I posted a comment explaining the entire rise and fall of Kincade’s possibly brilliant business on a previous PZ post about Kincade. My impression is few know the details. The galleries are franchise operations and, something I failed to mention there, at the peak there were over 600 nationally.

    Further down Webly shares a bit about a visit to Kincade’s factory.

    Zeno, yes there is a Kincade sub-division. It’s mentioned in the link above, but I thought it was in in the Bay Area.

  13. Squeaky says

    $359,000 for a 3 BR–a little above average, but about what you would pay if you lived in Bellingham, WA (and it would be worth every penny in order to live in Bellingham, WA). Location, location, location…

  14. JohnnieCanuck says

    Bellingham: Easy access to Vancouver, often recognised as the best place in the world to live, and without Vancouver’s housing prices.

    Median detached homes are well north of U$500,000

  15. Carlie says

    Upstate New York, and most of the Midwest: 3 bedroom home will go for between 80 and 150k, depending on the exact location and how nice the property is. I have a 3-br that I got for 90 that could probably stand about 20k of work on windows and extra insulation. My mind boggles at such high prices.