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The Empire Strikes Back (at Thomas Kinkade)

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©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

This is the most satisfying thing I’ve seen in months. Have you ever seen those awful, mawkish, sickly-sweet paintings by Thomas Kinkade that started appearing in malls a few years ago? You could tell the clerk what parts of the painting you wanted featured, and they would stick it in a machine that would highlight the flowers which inexplicably all bloomed at once or the unreasonably clean sheep or Cinderella’s perfect cuticles. The paintings all look like they are located in the Shire (minus the fun hairy wee folk). Some of them have aggressively quaint cottages, some have allegedly wild animals (who all appear to have just come from the salon), some light up (the true sign of a legitimate painting), and all exhibit pretty strong skills paired with terrible taste. And they are shockingly, embarrassingly popular. It is like a beautiful truffle dish finished off with cream of mushroom soup and Velveeta. Anyway, apparently, I’m not the only one irritated by Kinkade.

Enter Jeff Bennett and his creation, “Wars on Kinkade.” He took some of those same icky paintings and added in just what they were missing – the Evil Galactic Empire. I, for one, am ready to reconsider some of these pieces. As amended, of course.

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

©Jeff Bennett

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

26 thoughts on “The Empire Strikes Back (at Thomas Kinkade)

  1. These are heaven sent! LOVE them!

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  2. Truly a “re work” of art. Thank you for sharing!!

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  3. You just made Micheles day. She has been hating on this “artist” for almost a decade. I stopped going to malls because I couldn’t take the rants anymore.

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  5. Epic. I blogged about your site today and pointed to this article and the artist. I love this site and wanted to share it with my readers.

    https://theartofmindbending.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/one-beautiful-thing-wars-on-kinkade/

    Cheers!

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  6. So much better.

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  7. This is hilarious. There needs to be more, like Jurassic Park dinos peaking through Picassos and Jason Voorhees sneaking up behind the Mona Lisa.

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  8. It is heartening to know that so many people dislike the Kinkade oeuvre.

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  9. Love it! I find Kinkade’s art to be totally grotesquely kitsch (not in a good way at all) but somehow the inclusion of the SW characters and ships elevates them. I need to show my SW nerd husband. The rancor at the gate is my favourite.

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  10. This absolutely made my day…I am going to have to share it with a friend of mine who is a die hard Star
    Wars fan.

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  11. I only knew of Mr. Kinkade’s work from jigsaw puzzles. I had no idea you could buy it in any other form. hmm.

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  12. HaHaHa. The hmm was more along the lines of “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” but you couldn’t see the pursed lips and small head nod. Sort of like, “you don’t say” with a sideways glance.

    But if I thought it would get you to come down here . . . . (smile and wink).

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  13. You’ve got to feel a twinge of happiness at the cottage going up in flames, but maybe just the giant spaceship looming in the distance behind the cottage improbably perched on a mountain-side is enough to help you feel something really excellent is about to happen – Perhaps its the depiction of a joyful moment versus the anticipation of one. 🙂

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