“The British artist’s indomitable spirit has helped him become a worldwide phenomenon in the art world, despite a severe learning disability, a hardscrabble childhood and almost no encouragement of his talent.” Chicago Tribune
WILLIAM HAGUE THE EX CONSERVATIVE LEADER COMMISSIONED MACKENZIE TO CREATE HIS AND FFION'S CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR MANY YEARS. THEY WERE HUGELY POPULAR & WERE A HOT TICKET IN NORTH YORKSHIRE. BUT NOT EVERYBODY LOVED THEM.
NOT A HIT WITH JANET STREET PORTER ! SHE HAD A LOT TO SAY! ABOUT THE CARD IMAGE QUESTIONING WHY THE SHEPHERD WAS ALWAYS AT THE BACK- LIKE HAGUE SHE LEVELLED AS EDITOR OF THE INDEPENDENT! THIS CAUGHT THE FURY OF SHEPHERDS IN NORTH YORKSHIRE WHO CAME TO THE GALLERY IN THEIR DROVES, TO HAMMER THE POINT HOME 'WHERE DO YOU EXPECT THE SHEPHERD TO BE! TURNS OUT THE FACES OF MACKENZIE'S SHEEP FRIGHTENED HER TOO!
"LIFE" WAS A FANTASTIC LIMITED EDITION PRINT AND SCULPTURE BY MACKENZIE. ALL OVE RTHE WORLD COLLECTORS WANTED THESE PIECES.
"I WHO HAVE NOTHING BRING YOU MY LOVE SO THAT YOU WILL GROW IN A WORLD OF HOPE" THE POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING WORDING FROM MACKENZIE TO SIT ALONG SIDE THE FANTASTIC HUGELY POPULAR lIFE IMAGE.....SO PERFECT A MATCH...
The legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes whilst holidaying at Lake Michigan with his family mackenzie heard the story of sleeping bear dunes & when home at his studio he painted this lovely picture in memory of the Bears...famous people such as William Hague also bought this piece..wnat to know more about the story go to http://sleepingbearpress.com/shop/show/11504
SEE MACKENZIE IN HIS STUDIO TALKING ABOUT ...........YOU WILL HAVE TO WATCH TO FIND OUT - ENJOY