“Nothing is perfect, not life, not humanity and certainly not my work; It is the flaws, the gaps, the unspoken; The bits unsaid, which make us both interesting and human” – Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition print for sale, five washerwomen are stretching up to hang white sheets on the clothesline to dry. They each wear a patterned dress in a sepia tone and a clean white apron. The bright white of the sheets and aprons provide an interesting contrast to the more muted tone of the piece, creating a sense of movement throughout. This image is devoid of the bright colors that Thorpe employs in many of his other works. He tends to either use color in an inventive or imaginative way or he sticks mainly to browns and sepia tones. Typically, the pieces that are sepia toned and more muted reference his industrial upbringings.
The title of this piece, “In St. Paul’s Road”, refers to the street where Thorpe grew up and played as a kid in his hometown of Middlesbrough. This road appears in many of his more industrial works. The washerwomen are also influenced by people Thorpe saw as a boy. He uses them throughout several of his pieces, performing activities like ironing, washing, or shopping at the grocery. When he was growing up, these were more traditional roles that we saw in his own neighborhood while the men worked in factories or doing manual labor, like Thorpe’s own father.
Thorpe’s humble childhood began in North Yorkshire, an industrial town with mainly working class families. He had to overcome tremendous odds to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. As a child, he struggled in school, suffering from undiagnosed dyslexia. He always used art as an escape and was encouraged by a friend to pursue art school. Years later, he has become one of the most recognizable artists of our time, sharing universal images of hope, love and joy.
Thorpe’s perspective on life and recognition of his roots are clear. He does not hide the fact that there are often struggles or that darkness exists in the world. However, he believes that our dreams are worth nurturing and that love and hope will help us to triumph over any adversity.
This Mackenzie Thorpe artwork, along with several others, is available for sale at Marcus Ashley Gallery in South Lake Tahoe. Marcus Ashley is recognized for their vast collection of internationally renowned artists and their outstanding customer service. The gallery also provides custom framing, private home shows for clients within 60 miles, and worldwide shipping.
In St. Paul’s Road
Print that is signed and numbered by the artist.
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