Middlesbrough-born Mackenzie Thorpe’s paintings and sculptures drawing inspiration from his hometown have celebrated the region’s industrial heritage in galleries across the world.
A former Cleveland College of Art student, shipyard labourer and bakery assistant, Mackenzie Thorpe has had football at the heart of many of his works. His acclaimed The Game of Life and collaborations with MFC Foundation have seen his art installed at the Riverside Stadium and feature on the cover of the matchday programme.
In Art of Ayresome, Mackenzie Thorpe’s work provides a connection between the older supporter familiar with the Ayresome Park days and the younger supporter who never experienced a matchday at the old ground. Thorpe’s ‘In the Boro’ is centred on a young fan and older supporter experiencing a matchday at Boro’s Riverside Stadium, with the Middlesbrough Dock Clock Tower and the Tees Transporter Bridge featuring on the skyline.