Mackenzie Thorpe Bio

MacKenzie Thorpe (British 1956- )

Mackenzie Thorpe was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, UK, as the first of seven children. During Thorpe's early years, he used whatever items he could find to express himself artistically. He often used materials such as crayons, cigarette boxes, and pencil stubs to create artwork; he even resorted to taking his mother's eye shadow and lipstick out of her make-up bag.

After encouragement from a friend, he decided to feed his passion for painting and drawing and began to pursue a career as an artist. In 1977, Thorpe enrolled in the Cleveland College of Art and Design, where he studied under the mentorship of Tom Wall (British, 1941–1992). He then went on to study at the Byam Shaw College of Art in London, where he earned a Fine Arts degree. Thorpe continued to live in London after he graduated in 1982, in order to work with disadvantaged children in the city. Later he moved back to North Yorkshire with his wife and children in order to provide a better life for them. Upon returning, he set up a studio and a gallery in Richmond. Much of Thorpe's artwork portrays a wide range of emotions through portrait-style depictions of animals and humans.

In 2000, he won the Best Selling Published Artist award from the Fine Art Trade Guild. In that same year, he also received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Teesside University in his hometown. In 2005, he created the Mackenzie Thorpe Foundation, which supports a number of worthy causes. In the fall of 2006, he put together an outdoor exhibition in Kansas City, MO, that featured large sculptures. Thorpe plans to produce similar exhibitions in Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Artworks




"Love Me Tender" Serigraph by MacKenzie Thorpe

Title: "Love Me Tender" 48/275

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 15 1/2” x 20”

Framed Size: 34” x 30”

Retail Price: $3,000.00

Asking Price: $1,200.00 - Framed



"Love Seated" Serigraph by MacKenzie Thor[e

Title: "Love Seated" 83/375

Medium: Serigraph

Unframed Size: 33 1/2” x 34”

Framed Size: 41" x 41"

Retail Price: $4,500.00

Asking Price: $2,000.00 - Framed