In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition print for sale, a single cowboy stands with one hand on his waist and the other on his gun holster, as if he is ready to draw at any minute. The figure is drawn in a simple red line and set against a solid blue, pastel background without any other distinguishable features. These characteristics are reminiscent of a pop art painting. The simplicity of the image highlights the message that Thorpe is communicating.
Some of Thorpe’s favorite childhood memories are of growing up in Northern England and playing American cowboys in the streets of his neighborhood. He tends to revisit the cowboy series in his artwork as it gives him a feeling of nostalgia. The cowboy offered him a playful world of imagination and adventure. He fondly remembers watching programs on his knob turn tv that only received a few channels, one of which was American and “Spaghetti” westerns that were so popular at the time.
Thorpe’s artwork was heavily influenced by his favorite Westerns including The Lone Ranger and The Searchers. He also strongly identified with the film “Lust for Life” starring Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh. Thorpe understood the tortured, artistic soul that was Van Gogh.
Mackenzie Thorpe creates his artworks with the purest pigment pastels that are handmade in England. The stunning blue background of this piece allows for the red line drawing to really stand out. The cowboy is drawn in Thorpe’s signature style without a face,, as the viewer is meant to picture himself as the main character. The viewer is instantly transported back to a time when imaginations ran wild.
Thorpe loves the unassuming things in life like cowboys, childhood memories, steelworkers, good times shared with a bunch of mates. These are the things that connect him with his collectors. His universality and authenticity show that he is an artist deeply in touch with everyday life.
This Mackenzie Thorpe artwork is available for sale at the Marcus Ashley Gallery in Lake Tahoe along with several others from the series. The cowboy is a perfect fit with the western aesthetic that can be seen in our region. Marcus Ashley Gallery is one of Lake Tahoe’s premier fine art galleries, situated in Heavenly Village’s bustling shopping district. The gallery has been locally owned and operated for 18 years, providing luxury customer service, as well as any recommendations for upcoming community events.