Mackenzie Thorpe is bringing his 30th anniversary exhibition to his own gallery, Arthaus, on Saturday, 14 September. Mackenzie is commemorating the years and successes he has enjoyed since he decided to move to Richmond, North Yorkshire in 1989 and set up as a full time artist.
Following a world tour, Mackenzie comes back home to Arthaus, to the gallery where it all began, with this exciting new exhibition. A spectacular celebration of Mackenzie’s artwork, the exhibition is a chance to see original pieces and sculptures as well as first viewings of a number of new paintings and two special 30th year prints.
Visitors will also be able to see his official collection for the Tour de Yorkshire, his image for the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, as well as collections inspired by his industrial heritage, his family and his intention that we should spread love wherever we go.
From humble beginnings on Finkle Street he has gone on to become one of the best-selling British contemporary artists. This milestone year has already seen Mackenzie celebrated from the banks of the River Tees where he grew up with the sculpture of Waiting for Me Dad, through the hills and dales where he made his name as the official artist for Tour de Yorkshire 2019, as well as on the shores of America and Japan where his atmospheric pictures are acclaimed.
Fans will be able to meet the artist from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 14 September and the exhibition will continue in the gallery until the end of November.
Mackenzie Thorpe said:
“I’m over the moon to be in Arthaus, where it all began, for this next stage of my 30th year celebratory tour .
“We’ve created so many happy memories in this place, this is where we brought our children up and my personal and artistic history is wrapped up here.
“In those early days, when we first moved here and it was really hard, Richmond was kind to me, I’ll never forget those key people who helped and supported me and my work, because without them I really wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends old and new on the 14th and of course sharing stories from those early days.
“It’s been an incredible journey and one I could have never imagined when we first started out and this exhibition is a chance to celebrate and say thank you to everyone. Who would have thought that from that little first shop in Finkle street, my artwork, including those early ‘square sheep’ images which started it all off, would be exhibited in places as far flung as Australia Japan and America.”