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About the Artist Mackenzie Thorpe

With the shipyards of the North East historically being the lifeblood of local communities which were built up around them, most families in these areas had one or more members employed in the industry. And son followed father and grandfather before him into the yards. Born and raised in Middlesbrough in 1956, British contemporary artist, Mackenzie Thorpe, like many young men of the time, seemingly had his career route planned out whilst at school.

Works By Mackenzie Thorpe

  • Gone Fishing by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Gone Fishing
  • Sweet Memories by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Sweet Memories
  • Walking the Dog by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Walking the Dog
  • Gathering Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Gathering Love
  • The Seeds of Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    The Seeds of Love
  • Three Times the Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Three Times the Love
  • A Load of Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    A Load of Love
  • I Love You Too by Mackenzie Thorpe
    I Love You Too
  • Family by Mackenzie Thorpe
  • Big Red by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Big Red
  • Fastest Car In The World by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Fastest Car In The World
  • Its Only A Bee by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Its Only A Bee
  • Morning Snow by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Morning Snow
  • After The Storm by Mackenzie Thorpe
    After The Storm
  • Bringer Of Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Bringer Of Love
  • So Much Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    So Much Love
  • Light Of My Life by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Light Of My Life
  • The Seeds Of Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    The Seeds Of Love
  • Dancing In Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Dancing In Love
  • In His Footsteps by Mackenzie Thorpe
    In His Footsteps
  • Like Father Like Son by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Like Father Like Son
  • Sunday Best by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Sunday Best
  • Youre My Rock by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Youre My Rock
  • A Dusting by Mackenzie Thorpe
    A Dusting
  • My Dear Old Friend by Mackenzie Thorpe
    My Dear Old Friend
  • In And Out Of Work by Mackenzie Thorpe
    In And Out Of Work
  • Holding Onto Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Holding Onto Love
  • Over Love by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Over Love
  • Full Moon by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Full Moon
  • Winter Romance by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Winter Romance
  • In The Land Of A Dream by Mackenzie Thorpe
    In The Land Of A Dream
  • Cause I Love You by Mackenzie Thorpe
    Cause I Love You

However after a stint in the shipyards, Thorpe took the advice of a friend, who taken with his art work suggested that he should attend art school instead, to pursue what was clearly defined in his drawings and painting as a love for art, as well as a gift.

At 21, Thorpe enrolled at the local Cleveland College of Art and Design, where under the tutelage of Tom Wall he passed his course with flying colours and went on to win a place on a fine arts course at the Byam Shaw College of Art in London. On graduating in 1982, Thorpe chose to stay in the UK’s capital city to help disadvantaged children, until returning to his native North East with his own young family in 1989. Settling in Richmond in North Yorkshire, Thorpe opened Arthaus, a gallery in the town, which still prospers today.

Thorpe’s work falls into the category of abstract art, and are built on the foundations of what he calls ‘art from the heart’; drawing together tenderness and an intuitive human sensitivity with a fervency and energy via his abstract interpretations of animals and children in the main. Square sheep and duffle-coated boys accentuate what to many might be looked upon as the mundane,
oversized animals, out-of-kilter perspective to children are all underpinned by a humour and warmth and an overwhelming sense of being. In some of Thorpe’s more challenging works, he observes the effect isolation has on individuals and man’s struggle against the odds, clearly coloured by the artist’s time spent in London working on behalf of disadvantaged youngsters. This honesty and need to alter accepted environments and rites of passage, also lends credence from his childhood in a generally deprived Middlesbrough, which again is depicted in much of his work.

Plaudits and general recognition for his abstract works of art have stacked up over the years, including his ‘Best-Selling Published Artist’ award picked up in 2000 from the Fine Art Trade Guild-hosted Art and Framing Industry Awards, whilst he was also chosen to design the official Christmas cards for the then Conservative politician and party leader, William Hague, who’s constituency was Richmond. Thorpe was also the recipient of an honouree Master of Art degree, awarded by his hometown’s Teesside University. Perversely however, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) have consistently failed to recognize Thorpe’s artist achievements and exhibit his work to date. Furthermore, the Mackenzie Thorpe Foundation was launched in 2005 with a remit to support worthy causes.

Latest Artworks

Framed Size: 36 x 18 inches

Framed Size: 36 x 18 inches

Framed Size: 36 x 18 inches