Lot 172 - Mackenzie Thorpe - There's Nana
Watercolour on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Born in the late 1950’s into humble beginnings, that era’s customary career path was in the shipyards and industry of the area and upon leaving school at 15, Mackenzie Thorpe followed this predetermined path. Unhappy and feeling like a fish out of water, he kept creating, until his passion for drawing compelled him to forge his own path. Against all the odds he gained a place at his local art college before completing a degree in fine art in London in 1982. In 1989 he opened a gallery in Richmond, North Yorkshire and eventually his work (and popularity) went from strength to strength, his work being championed by William Hague MP. In the mid 1990’s, he was signed up by an American art publisher who helped launch him in the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Since then, he has continued to create distinctive artwork and exhibits both in the UK and internationally. In recent years Mackenzie has devoted time to developing bronze sculpture, with these unique and distinctive pieces now enhancing private gardens and homes, with larger scale works being commissioned for international businesses and hospitals. He is currently developing new work for an exhibition in 2024, at the Umm El Fahem Gallery in Israel which is aimed at uniting the diverse cultural and social relationships in this area. Commenting he said, ‘as a British man I’m honoured to have been invited to exhibit at this prestigious gallery which aims to build peace and tolerance through art. It feels like a huge responsibility but using art as a kind of third language, as I do, allows my art to connect to people irrespective of age, gender, nationality, race etc, so whilst it is a challenge, I am excited’.
Byam Shaw School of Art, BA fine art, London, UK 1979 -1982
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