Art for Art’s Sake
Artist Mackenzie Thorpe, one of the biggest selling British contemporary artists, will hold an exhibition at New Orleans’ Angela King Gallery on Saturday, October 5 as he marks 30 years as a professional artist in 2019 with a series of global events. Mackenzie’s popular work, which is rooted in authenticity and always carries a message of hope, has taken him from the shipyards of Middlesbrough in North East England to an internationally renowned artist. Angela King Gallery will present the exhibition which showcases new and recent works by Mackenzie at the gallery in New Orleans’ bustling shopping district of the French Quarter. Visitors can Meet Mackenzie on October 5 from 6pm to 9pm and hear his uplifting story of triumph over adversity and find out about the universal themes of love and hope which continue to inspire his art.
“People ask me why I draw these kids with big heads; well it’s simple. Children are born with big heads - not one of them has a prejudice or a fear. But then you get older and life and other people’s opinions wear down on your head - and your mind - and it gets smaller and smaller.”
“A child carrying or pulling a big heart is a theme I have explored many times before. This search for love, our need for it and the power of it, is apparent in lots of my work, not just the more symbolically obvious images.”
“In the shadows, a child sits dreaming. The journey begins and in the darkness the child sees the light and from that light comes hope.”
“For me, this year is a celebration; I can’t quite believe it’s 30 years since I took a huge leap of faith and moved, from London with my family to a small market town in the UK and started trying to sell my work. At that moment I would never have thought that within a few years, I would be having exhibitions in the USA; as a child, it seemed an unreachable dream that I would ever get to visit this amazing country. Along the way I have been privileged to meet so many wonderful and lovely people; whenever I visit I can't help but notice there is an almost immediate connection with my work, I think it’s because I draw from the heart, with honesty. America is where my career really took off as an international artist, so I will be forever grateful, I'm really excited about being able to celebrate 30 years with the galleries and people who have supported me and who I now count as friends.” - Mackenzie Thorpe