“I draw Middlesbrough through my memories, through the eyes of me as a child and a young man, when men seemed bigger and stronger than giants.” – Mackenzie Thorpe
The Marcus Ashley Gallery is home to the works of famous artists from Michelangelo and Dr. Seuss to Steve Barton and Miri Rozenvain. Art aficionados and appreciators will enjoy browsing the collections on display, including Mackenzie Thorpe’s art. The artist is well-known in the art community for his relatable pieces that capture the rawness of human emotions.
In Loving, Thorpe’s uses deep charcoal blacks and pine greens to demonstrate a somber composition. Using his pinky finger, the artist creates a smudgy silhouette of distant hills and vegetation. Ashy greys reveal a still lake with a lone boatmen smack in the middle. On one end of his rod, a bright red heart dangles. The man’s little boat carries a heap of hearts in the back.
Like the dark corners of the world in need of love, the murky, mist-laden landscape is devoid of this life-changing emotion. Thorpe’s reveals a powerful composition of how one person can make a difference with love, attempting to reach out to viewers with a message that love can conquer the darkness. Loving is a beautiful visual reminder of the power of love.