Mackenzie Thorpe was raised in the industrial town of Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire, England in the 1950s, where his father worked as a laborer and his mother as an auxiliary nurse. The need and compulsion to draw was obvious from an early age and remains with him today. As a child, he would seek out whatever raw materials he could find; drawing on cigarette packs with stubs of pencils or using eye-shadow and lipstick illicitly obtained from his mum’s makeup bag. His struggle with dyslexia failed to thwart his confidence in painting and drawing and his early memories of community are perpetuated in his work with warmth and humor. Thorpe attended both Middlesborough College of Art and the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Following art school, he worked in London and then North Yorkshire where he continues to draw, paint and sculpt to this day. Thorpe has traveled the world to give masterclasses and as the guest of honor at his own solo exhibitions. He has gained recognition as a great artist and inspiration, and his work has been collected worldwide, both privately and by corporations and hospitals that have commissioned monumental bronzes currently installed in public venues in North America, Europe, and Asia.