Thomas Kinkade the "Painter of Light" passed away unexpectedly last Friday at the age of 54.

It's estimated that his paintings are in 1 out of 20 households in America, yet critics accused his work of being "mall art". Oh well, I guess we like mall art! We like it a lot! There has been a huge surge in sales of his art work over the past few days.

Kinkade’s paintings and products were said to bring an estimated $100 million a year in sales.

I had a Thomas Kinkade calendar a few years ago, and loved it! Do you have any of his art work in your house? Take the poll below and let us know!

via Thomas Kinkade: ‘Painter of Light’ Dies at 54 - ABC News.