Mackenzie Thorpe
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b. 1956

Internationally renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe was raised in the industrial town of Middlesbrough in the 1950s, where his father worked as a laborer and his mother as an auxiliary nurse. Mackenzie acknowledges mixed emotions about this period in his life. He remembers the strong feeling of community spirit, the warmth and humor that flourished in the face of adversity, as well as the loneliness and isolation.
The need and compulsion to draw was obvious from an early age and remains with Mackenzie today. As a child, he would seek out whatever raw materials he could find, drawing on cigarette packs with stubs of pencils, or using eye shadow and lipstick illicitly obtained from his mother's makeup bag. Struggling with dyslexia throughout his childhood, Mackenzie found confidence in painting and drawing. Unsurprisingly, he left school without formal qualifications, taking on a variety of manual, unskilled jobs while continuing to draw and paint.

Mackenzie eventually got the courage to enter the local art college. His lack of education and a barely readable application did nothing to warrant his support, but the strength and volume of work that Mackenzie presented, coupled with his enthusiasm and commitment, won him a place at the Middlesbrough College of Art and, subsequently, the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.

After leaving art school, he spent several years working with inner-city children in London before moving to North Yorkshire to set up a studio and gallery with his wife, Susan, and children, Owen and Chloe. Since then, he has become one of the most collected and sought-after artists. Recent accolades have included a 'Best Published Artist Award' from the Fine Art Trade Guild; an Honorary Master of Arts Degree from the University of Teeside and being chosen to produce five official Christmas cards for politician William Hague. His works express an entire range of human emotions from the special bond of love and friendship, to the importance of self-reflections and individual triumphs. His works are a tribute to the creativity within us all and are a vivid expression of hope and the human spirit.

Mackenzie's perspective on life is clear. He doesn't hide the fact that often life is a struggle, a dark tunnel, which can seem endless. However, he passionately believes that our frail dreams are worth nurturing and that love and honesty will triumph over adversity.

Middlesbrough College of Art, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England
Honorary Degree of Fine Art, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, England
Honorary Doctor of Art, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, England

Public Exhibitions and Installations
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Middlesbrough, England, 2010
Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Memorial Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Garoon Science Center at JCC of Chicago, Lake Zurich, IL, USA, 2009
Saga Prefectural Museum, Saga, Japan, 2009
Fukuoka Prefectural Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 2008
Kumamoto Prefectural Museum, Kumamoto City, Japan, 2008
Kagoshima Prefectural Museum, Kagoshima, Japan, 2008
Christchurch Arts Centre—Monumental Sculpture Installation, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2007
Mill Creek Park—Monumental Sculpture Installation, Kansas City, MO, USA, 2006
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO, USA, 2007
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England, 2001

Select One-Man Exhibitions
Off the Wall, Houston, TX, USA, 2009, 2011
Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL, USA, 2006, 2009, 2011
Artisan Fine Art, London, England, 2010
Arthaus Gallery, Richmond, UK, 2005-2010
R. Roberts Gallery, Jacksonville, FL, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010
Enatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2003-2006, 2008, 2010
Atlas Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA, 1999-2001, 2005, 2007-2010
Linton and Kay Fine Arts, Perth, Australia, 2006-2009
Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA, 2009
Gallery 27, London, England, 2009
Pop International, New York, NY, USA, 2003, 2005, 2008
Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2003-2008
Stephen Clayton Gallery, Coronado, CA, USA, 2007
Studio 7 Fine Arts, Pleasanton, CA, USA, 2007
Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007
Fingerhut Gallery, La Jolla, CA, USA, 2003, 2007
Fisher's Fine Arts, Auckland, New Zealand, 2004-2007
Gallery One, Denver, CO, 1999-2000, 2002, 2004, 2007
Hanson Gallery, Carmel, CA, USA, 1998-2002, 2004, 2007
Hanson Gallery, Sausalito, CA, USA, 1997-2002, 2004, 2006-2007
Peabody Fine Art, Los Gatos, CA, USA, 2002, 2004, 2007
Galerie Züger, Santa Fe, NM, USA, 2005
Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA, 2004, 2005
Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2004
Aspen Grove Fine Arts, Aspen, CO, 2004
C. Anthony Gallery, Vail, CO, USA, 2001-2002, 2004
Halcyon Gallery, London, England, 2003-2004
Kenneth Behm Galleries, Seattle, WA, USA, 1998, 2004
United Kingdom Football Tour, 17 UK Appearances, 2003
Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA, 1998, 2001-2003
Halcyon Gallery, Birmingham and London, England, 1995-1996, 1998, 2001-2003
Ann Jackson Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2002
Kaleidoscope Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA, 2002
Galerie Züger, Aspen, CO, USA, 2000-2001
San Francisco, CA, USA, 2000-2001

Select Group Exhibitions
Art Sydney, Australia, 2005-2007
Art Melbourne, Australia, 2005-2007
Art Miami, Miami, FL, USA, 2006-2007
Tokyo Art Collection, Japan, 2005
Chicago Contemporary Classic, Chicago, IL, USA, 2005
Fine Art Forum, NY, NY, USA, 2003-2004
Tressors Art Fair, Singapore, 1997
ArtExpo, Los Angeles, CA, 1996

Special Commissions
Oklahoma Children's Hospital Permanent Sculpture Commission, 2011
Artist of Telethon 7, Perth, Western Australia, 2004, 2006-2009
Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, Selected Artist, Grand Slam for Children Fundraiser, 2002
Rt Hon William Hague Commission, Holiday Card Design, 1998-2009
Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, Commission, Save the Children Fund, 1997
British Dyslexia Foundation Commission, Holiday Card Design, 1997
Elton John Aids Foundation, Holiday Card Design, 1996

Select Publications
A Long Walking, Perth and Sydney Exhibition Catalogue, 2008
A Crossroads, Chase Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA, 2007
Mackenzie Thorpe at Linton and Kay, Linton and Kay Fine Art, Perth, Australia, 2006
A Crossroads Exhibition Catalog, Chase Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA, 2006
A Hill, Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2004
The Game of Life, Halcyon Gallery, London, England, 2003
From the Heart, Rizzoli International/ Universe Publishing, NY