“When I create a sculpture in resin it feels like I am working full circle, from an initial drawing or sketch, creating the piece in clay to casting. When you add colour the pieces just seem to take on a life of their own. Sometimes I use parain, which has a wonderful off white colour and I love the pure simplicity of how these sculptures look. The lack of colour just seems to allow the message to come through” -Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition sculpture for sale, a young child is seen sitting with his back against a huge heart. The details are incredible, as he extends a single hand to feed a delicate bird on the ground near his feet. Another bird rests on his hand, feeding directly from his palm. The enormous heart is signature to Thorpe’s style and encompasses the majority of the artwork, as if the child has a huge amount of love to give to the birds.
The child is intentionally left blank and faceless, so that the viewer can picture himself in the image. He’s wearing very simple clothing, a hooded coat and plain, sturdy shoes. He doesn’t have much and sometimes, Thorpe creates his figures with so little that they do not even have a shadow. This image is meant to show that even when we don’t have much to give, we can still give our love and kindness. This child may be poor and come from humble roots, but he is willing to give everything he has to the birds as it fills him with joy.
The sculpture is minimal and devoid of any color. Thorpe believes that adding color to a piece sometimes takes away from the deeper meaning. With this artwork, he wanted the message to be the strongest element. The darkest times are behind us and hope will get us through. Thorpe wants to show that although someone’s situation may be bleak, they can always have hope and continue to give love to everyone they encounter.
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.