Tour De France Inspires New Mackenzie Thorpe Art For Richmondshire District Council
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014
Mackenzie Thorpe one of the most well known and sought after artists in the UK today has painted the official image which will be seen on Richmondshire District Council boundary banners.
His iconic art work has made him one of Britain’s most collectable and best loved artists and the title of the new piece reflects his strong links to the north and the striking originality of his work.
The banner ‘Over Hill and Dale’ portrays a Tour de France cyclist on a distinctly Mackenzie bike. The image evokes Mackenzie’s unique ability to express the entire range of human emotions he draws and paints for the ordinary person and the life we all live.
The banners will be seen around the boundaries of Richmondshire during the Grand Départ - as it is known – of the Tour De France which will start in Leeds on Saturday 5 July 2014. Cyclists will ride along 48 miles of the districts roads through the stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside including a breathtaking ride across the iconic Buttertubs before finishing Stage One in Harrogate.
“I was really inspired by the cyclists and the people of the Yorkshire Dales whilst creating the new painting. It is going to be a unique time as the Tour passes by us all and I wanted to reflect that in the image” commented Mackenzie Thorpe.
And Councillor John Blackie Leader of Richmondshire District Council added “We are thrilled with the fantastic original piece of art Mackenzie has created for us. It is helping us all to celebrate in fine style this once in a lifetime event. We will be very proud to see them around the district boundaries.”
Mackenzie Thorpe is to sign a number of the banners which will then be auctioned off after the Tour de France has finished with the money raised going to charity.
Photo: Cllr Blackie is pictured with Tony Clark, Managing Director, Richmondshire District Council with one of the new banners