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Tour de Yorkshire 2019 artworks

8th March 2019

Mackenzie Thorpe & Sir Gary Verity
Mackenzie Thorpe & Sir Gary Verity, ©Welcome to Yorkshire

Mackenzie Thorpe has been named as the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire 2019. The Middlesbrough painter has created four works of art to celebrate this year's bike race.

'I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire,' said Thorpe. 'For me, the whole county is a never-ending inspiration; the dramatic skies, the dales and the moors, are like nowhere I have ever been.'

'When I was thinking about the images, I knew I wanted to create a collection which also reflected the broader impact the race has on people. So, alongside images of peak fitness cyclists speeding through our glorious hills, dales, and coast, there is (for instance) 'Riding with Grandad', which shows a child in a Yorkshire town, learning to ride a bicycle, aided by their grandfather.'

Riding with Grandad, a painting by Mackenzie Thorpe
Riding with Grandad, by Mackenzie Thorpe, ©Welcome to Yorkshire

'Over Moor and Dale' depicts race action.

Over Moor and Dale, by Mackenzie Thorpe
Over Moor and Dale, by Mackenzie Thorpe, ©Welcome to Yorkshire

Thorpe describes 'The Boy Without a Bike' as 'a lone child standing watching the racers speed past and dreaming of the day that he too might ride like the wind on a bicycle all of his own.'

The Boy Without a Bike, by Mackenzie Thorpe
The Boy Without a Bike, by Mackenzie Thorpe, ©Welcome to Yorkshire

The final picture is called Yorkshire Coast.

Yorkshire Coast, by Mackenzie Thorpe
Yorkshire Coast, by Mackenzie Thorpe, ©Welcome to Yorkshire

Sir Gary Verity said, 'This new collection will promote the beauty of Yorkshire and the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire to a massive audience'.

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