Artist Jeff Bennett has unleashed the full force of the Dark Side on the Painter of Light’s treacly, bucolic world in a new series called “Wars on Kinkade.”

At the time of his death in 2012, Thomas Kinkade was the most collected living artist in America, with an estimated one in 20 homes owning one of his original paintings. Apparently this made Darth Vader very jealous and angry, so he sicked his automaton army on Kinkade’s cutesy compositions.

It may be that Kinkade’s saccharine work was really a cover-up for his own Dark Side: He reportedly enjoyed ritual territory marking through urination and once peed on a Winnie the Pooh figure at Disneyland, saying “This one’s for you, Walt.”

The Imperial Star Destroyer looms among lavender clouds. Songbirds flee its sinister vibes.

AT-ATs stalk over a sweet babbling brook.

Joan Didion once criticized Kinkade’s work by saying, “It typically featured a cottage or a house of such insistent coziness as to seem actually sinister, suggestive of a trap designed to attract Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to lurid effect, as if the interior of the structure might be on fire.”

In Bennett's revisions, this fire has spread to the cottage's roof.

There was always something missing from Kinkade's work, and Bennett has made clear that that something was an invasion by forces of evil from a galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars Imperial Forces Invade Thomas Kinkade’s Precious Paintings

Stormtroopers set cutesy cottages aflame in a genius new mashup called "Wars on Kinkade."

Some genius named Jeff Bennett has unleashed the full force of the Dark Side on the Painter of Light’s treacly, bucolic world in a new series called "Wars on Kinkade."

At the time of his death in 2012, Thomas Kinkade was the most collected living artist in America, with an estimated one in 20 homes owning one of his original paintings. Apparently this made Darth Vader very jealous and angry, so he sicked his automaton army on Kinkade’s cutesy compositions.

In Bennett’s improvements on Kinkade’s paintings, the Imperial Star Destroyer looms among lavender clouds. Songbirds flee its sinister vibes. AT-ATs stalk over a sweet babbling brook, while a Stormtrooper greets his friend riding a Dewback at the door of his cozy cottage. Soon, the cottage is spitting flames. Heavily armed troopers crouch in perfectly pruned rose bushes. Later, they’re all dead at the hands of a drooling Rancor, who hulks behind a white picket fence.

Joan Didion once criticized Kinkade’s work by saying, "It typically featured a cottage or a house of such insistent coziness as to seem actually sinister, suggestive of a trap designed to attract Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to lurid effect, as if the interior of the structure might be on fire."

In Bennett’s revisions, this fire has spread to the cottage's roof.

It may be that Kinkade’s saccharine work was really a cover-up for his own Dark Side: He reportedly had habits of cursing and heckling other artists and performers, and enjoyed ritual territory marking through urination. The Los Angeles Times reported in 2006 that Kinkade once peed on a Winnie the Pooh figure at Disneyland, saying "This one’s for you, Walt."

Often dismissed as a maker of mass-produced kitsch, mall art, or chocolate box art, Kinkade proclaimed in a 2001 interview, "I really am the most controversial artist in the world."

There was always something missing from his work, and Bennett has made clear that that something was an invasion by forces of evil from a galaxy far, far away.

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  • visitorzero

    Great gallery full of fun imagery. But "chicken walkers" are the ones that walk on two legs, like chickens. If you insist on blocking a piece of the art to add a caption, please check your geek math.

  • Kitsu

    Kincade is dead so it's not really any 'war' on the guy. He can't retaliate back or respond. Perhaps the family can, if they really want to.

    I'd have more respect for the images if they were done seamlessly but a lot of them look very pasted on. The only images that I really like are the ones that have the star fighters and ships. The others seem very rushed.

  • Don

    Would love to hang these on my wall. The mashup is sweet except some scale issued and a Star Destroyer inside inner space but I can live with that.

  • AWOL_Andy

    Love these...Kinkade truly deserves to be mocked. Only one critique (said in a nasally sci-fi geek voice): In the one with the AT-AT's, they seem to be painted about a quarter of their actual size. Seeing just a portion of an AT-AT leg amongst the trees would've been more to scale.

  • Ben

    While this is indeed a humorous mashup, it's a fairly well known fact that very few people owned (or could afford) Kinkade originals. I seem to remember reading somewhere that early on in his career he didn't even offer his original paintings for sale.

    That said, it would be fair to say that the statement in the second paragraph about 1 in 20 homes owning an original painting (right from wikipedia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... could use a revision...

  • Luke Benjamin Perkins

    "Chicken walkers stalk over a sweet babbling brook." They are AT-AT's (you know, All Terrain Armored Transport?).