“Lives connected, stories abound, Brothers, family, friends forever” – Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition sculpture, thirteen men stand in a straight line, chatting and socializing together. They appear to have just left an event and are gathering for parting words as they head out the door on their way home. Thorpe says that he wanted this scene to feel real, that they are half drunk on their way home after a Friday night together at the club. He appreciates the simple things in life, like a good time with his mates.
Thorpe was born a Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school as a child. The only artworks and images that he saw during his childhood were religious or biblical imagery. The first painting that he ever sold was to St. Thomas’s church. It was a portrait of Jesus on a small piece of wood. In the early days of his career, he painted on whatever material he could find, including wood scraps or even discarded cardboard.
He was always inspired by the last supper by Leonardo Da Vinci and wanted to make a piece in his own style. He struggled for a long time trying to work out how his Last Supper would look. He tried various concepts as he wanted it to communicate the message while still being true to his style. The man at the far right end, with a dog at his heels, is looking away and trying to get the rest of the men to leave. The dog is supposed to represent the devil in this instance and is tempting him. Thorpe wanted this scene to feel real but it had to be in his signature style.
Thorpe’s iconic style and recognizable characteristics from his paintings can be seen in his sculptures too. The figures are all wearing the simple coat and sturdy shoes that Thorpe paints in his work, particularly for working class men. They do not have faces as the viewer is meant to see himself in the figures; In this way, they represent any and every man. This sculpture does not have any color in it as Thorpe believes that sometimes added color takes away from the message. He wanted the pure simplicity of the medium and the message to shine through.
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