Sean-Patrick M. Hillman
“The Good, The Bad and Me”
British Artist Mackenzie Thorpe Brings The Wild West to POP International Galleries, NYC
New York (October 29, 2013) – On Thursday, November 14th, POP International Galleries SoHo will host a highly-anticipated opening for Mackenzie Thorpe’s latest show “The Good, The Bad and Me”. POP is proud to bring Thorpe’s newest collection to New York City, giving collectors a rare opportunity to acquire works from this extraordinary and internationally renowned British artist.
While Thorpe will also present a broader body of work, including limited edition prints and sculpture that express the human condition in the profound and compassionate manner, for which he is widely known, “The Good, The Bad and Me” will showcase artworks that tell a tale of innocence (and innocence lost) about young cowboys filled with fantasy, adventure, exuberance and the naivety of childhood. Inspired by American movies of the 1960s and 70’s and the popular culture of the “Wild West”, Mackenzie Thorpe’s collection of “cowboy kids” portrays a lone ranger, an outlaw, a brave sheriff and a dangerous gunslinger, all on the adventure of a lifetime. Thorpe’s works, mostly extraordinarily rendered pastels, are all worked with his fingers and bare hands, revealing an insight into the naivety and purity of a young boy coming from Middlesbrough and the steel mills of northern England, daydreaming of freedom and adventure. His artwork offers each of us a pathway to the child within us all, as he masterfully appeals to all of our collective memories of youth.
“I have always had a deep longing to revisit and touch the innocence and naivety of childhood. The influence of the movies I watched of the wild west as a child was an incredibly influential time for me, transporting me from my daily life growing up”, Thorpe said. “I didn’t want to be English anymore, and it captured my imagination and had a profound effect on me. The influence has never left me.”
Influenced also heavily by his environment, close family ties, little material comfort and having to cope with dyslexia, Mackenzie Thorpe has come to be recognized as one of the UK’s most beloved artists. His passion for humanity and the well-being of children in particular, permeates everything Mackenzie paints or sculpts. Animals and flowers symbolize human emotion, and children in duffel coats and over-sized shoes speak volumes about growing up with struggle and adversity against the backdrops of steel mills and working class towns.
Yet the overwhelming theme of LOVE for humanity is what defines this remarkable artist and identifies him as the important artistic figure he has become. Mackenzie Thorpe'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 at times. He passionately believes that our frail dreams are worth nurturing and that love and honesty will triumph over adversity.
“Mackenzie Thorpe's Art is amongst the most sought after in the UK today”, said Jeff Jaffe owner of POP International galleries. “His reputation as an artist continues to grow worldwide on an unprecedented scale. He is an ordinary individual, who has, through his art, the extraordinary ability to convey emotions and messages that speak a universal language.”
Notable collectors are Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, professional golfer Dave Duval, British politician William Hague and Director/Producer Cameron Mackintosh. Special Commissions include the Elton John Aids Foundation, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne's Foundation and the British Dyslexia Foundation, among numerous others.
Mackenzie Thorpe’s “The Good, The Bad and Me” will be on exhibit from November 14th at POP International Galleries, SoHo, located at 473 West Broadway in New York City.
About POP International Galleries
POP International Galleries is at the forefront of the POP art movement with two unique art galleries in New York City, with its flagship gallery located on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo and a Midtown location on 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue; as well as the newly launched POPuk, an online only version of the legendary gallery in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Jaffe, POP International specializes in Pop Art, graphic art, urban art, sculpture, photography, and art that is derived from or influenced by popular culture. As the only street level Pop Art gallery in SoHo, with an impressive roster of highly regarded artists, both emerging and famed, Pop International Galleries is a great source for all collectors and art admirers. POP International Galleries also believes that an educational component is vital to collectors and the community at large. Events at the gallery often include guest lectures and discussions, screenings and slide shows as well as charitable tie-ins, making POP International Galleries very much a part of the community at large.
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