“Take yourself back to a time of innocence, when in your dreams you ride horses on the plains, conquer the wilderness of the wild frontier; be part of the posse, the Sheriff or the Outlaw…” – Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe original pastel on paper, a larger than life cowboy stands with his back to the viewer and his hand reaching for his pistol, as if he’s ready to draw at a moment’s notice. Three figures loom in the distance, reduced to only shadows, as they prepare for a duel with our main character. He’s outnumbered and likely outgunned, but he is the hero in this story and will prevail.
This image has a cinematic quality as if the characters have met at sundown for a shoot out to end a long standing dispute. The tension is palpable as the main character reaches for his holster. His green coat blows in the wind and is contrasted by his denim blue jeans. Thorpe has spared no detail in this image as the ground is scattered with pebbles and the character’s boots are adjourned with spurs. The sky is ominous but filled with a range of gorgeous red and orange tones as the clouds billow around the setting sun.
The cowboy is an ongoing series for Thorpe that he tends to revisit as it connects him with his past and a feeling of nostalgia. Some of Thorpe’s favorite memories are of growing up in Northern England and playing American cowboys in the streets of his neighborhood. The cowboy offered an escape to a 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. His artwork is heavily influenced by his favorite Westerns including The Lone Ranger and The Searchers. The lone cowboy was a pillar of strength, a hero from the big screen who could achieve his wildest dreams.
Mackenzie Thorpe creates his artworks with the purest pigment pastels made in England. This artwork features stunning colors in the sunset and clouds, complemented by the figure’s vibrant clothing. It’s an excellent example of Thorpe’s artistic abilities and has more of a painterly quality than some of his graphic compositions. We are instantly transported back to a time where our imaginations could run wild.
This Mackenzie Thorpe artwork is available for sale at the Marcus Ashley Gallery in Lake Tahoe, along with artworks by 40+ of the most famous artists of our time. With a hundred years of combined experience in the art world, the owners, staff, custom framers, and art consultants at Marcus Ashley Gallery all work hard to make their clients’ dreams come true.