STONE HARBOR — He has achieved global success in galleries throughout the UK, America, Japan, and Australia, counting such notable collectors as J. K. Rowling, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Tom Hardy, among his fans. Ocean Galleries is Stone Harbor is delighted to welcome Mackenzie Thorpe for his first exhibition in New Jersey.

Thorpe has always been an animal lover, and many of his paintings have featured dogs, cats, and other furry friends. As a strong believer that animals give hope and ignite the human spirit, Thorpe was enthusiastic to support the gallery’s fundraising efforts for the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, and donated a classic print, “Sweetheart of Mine,” that will be auctioned live during his exhibit. The Animal Shelter fundraiser officially kicks off 7:00 PM on Friday, June 14, 2019 with Mackenzie’s print on display, as will a Dr. Seuss print that will be available to bid on via a silent auction. On Sunday, June 23, the silent auction bidding for the Dr. Seuss print will close at 12:45 PM, with Stone Harbor Mayor Judy Davies Dunhour announcing the winner of the art. At that time, Mayor Davies will also be auctioning the Mackenzie Thorpe print via a live auction. All auction proceeds benefit the Cape May County Animal Shelter Trust Fund, with 100 percent of the money raised going toward the care and comfort of animals.

The “Mackenzie Thorpe - 30 Years of Love” art exhibit, which includes an outstanding collection of pastels, sculptures, and limited edition prints by the renowned artist, will be in Stone Harbor throughout the weekend of June 21 through 23. Mackenzie Thorpe will appear at gallery receptions from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

Mackenzie’s artistic journey has taken him from the shipyards of Middlesbrough to an internationally acclaimed artist, and his working-class roots in the northern England industrial town have greatly influenced his atmospheric and poignant pictures. Rooted in authenticity, Mackenzie’s artwork is packed with emotional expression and speaks of hope and love, as well as struggle and challenge.

The need and compulsion to draw was obvious from an early age and remains with Mackenzie 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. Struggling with dyslexia throughout his childhood, Mackenzie managed to gain admittance to Middlesbrough College of Art based on the strength and volume of his artwork, and, subsequently, attended and graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.

Mackenzie has become one of today’s most collected and sought-after artists. His works express an entire range of human emotion, from the special bond of love and friendship, to the importance of self-reflection and individual triumphs. His works are a tribute to the creativity within us all and are a vivid expression of hope and the human spirit.

“It is truly an honor to welcome Mackenzie to Ocean Galleries,” explains Kim Miller, owner of the gallery. “He is one of the biggest selling British artists of the past 30 years, and his art carries with it such a message of love and honesty triumphing over adversity. It will be an extraordinary collection that we are excited to share with the community!”

Earlier this month, Mackenzie served as official artist for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. Celebrating 30 years in the business, Mackenzie continues to blaze a trail for the artists who have followed in his footsteps.

The free exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the weekend, with all artwork in the collection available for acquisition. In addition to an extraordinary collection of artwork and custom-framing, Ocean Galleries also offers a variety of hand-made crafts from local, regional, and national artists in America, such as glass, pottery, jewelry, and furniture. All summer exhibitions take place at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries, located at 9618 Third Ave. For additional information, call 609-368-7777 or visit OceanGalleries.com.

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