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Beginning November 10, 2022, Forum Gallery will present 14 Years Old, the inaugural New York solo exhibition for Michael C. Thorpe.

At just 28 years of age, Thorpe is an exciting young artist who has burst on to the art scene telling stories about his world expressed in quilts of colorful fabric and inventive composition, meandering stitching and printed canvas, in playful pencil and stitched drawings, and in surprising sculptural works. 14 Years Old presents thirty new works by Thorpe and continues through December 31, 2022.

"This show is titled 14 Years Old because that’s how old I feel in my art career. 14 years old is right when most kids are transitioning from middle school to high school. I remember I found a couple things that I was good at (i.e. sports) but I was still open to exploring other things. That’s exactly how I see my practice. I learned I can draw fairly well, quilt a little better and I know how to collage. With those tools I’ve been pushing myself to explore and experiment with different styles and materials to depict the world around me."

__Michael C. Thorpe

"Pieces that are printed on canvas start from a found photograph or my own photography that I was attracted to. Printing the photo out on canvas and then quilting on top of it plays with the idea of what a quilt can be. Adding different material and different images to work with allows myself to deepen the meaning of the work. I blend an old tradition of quilting with the new age technology of sophisticated digital printing."

__Michael C. Thorpe

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Michael C. Thorpe Viva, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 40 1/2 x 50 inches

Viva, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
40 1/2 x 50 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Gunther Place, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 60 ¾ x 85 ½ inches

Gunther Place, 2022
textile, quilting cotton and thread
60 ¾ x 85 ½ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Flower Gal @ Bar, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 48 x 58 inches

Flower Gal @ Bar, 2022
textile, quilting cotton and thread
48 x 58 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Poo in the Library, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 51 x 38 inches

Poo in the Library, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
51 x 38 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Morning Joe, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 50 ¼ x 33 inches

Morning Joe, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
50 ¼ x 33 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Someone who would def whoop yo ass, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 45 x 41 1/2 inches

Someone who would def whoop yo ass, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
45 x 41 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Stolen from a Henry Taylor Painting, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 44 ½ x 35 inches

Stolen from a Henry Taylor Painting, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
44 ½ x 35 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Da Boat, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 39 x 33 1/2 inches

Da Boat, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
39 x 33 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Hopeless Romantic, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 40 ½ x 35 ¾ inches

Hopeless Romantic, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
40 ½ x 35 ¾ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Atlanta House Party, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 41 x 33 ½ inches

Atlanta House Party, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
41 x 33 ½ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Whole Family, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 62 ½ x 46 inches

Whole Family, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
62 ½ x 46 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Slim Jim, 2022 polyester plush and wood 85 1/2 inches tall
Michael C Thorpe: 14 Years Old
Michael C. Thorpe Slim Jim, 2022 polyester plush and wood 85 1/2 inches tall

Slim Jim, 2022
polyester plush and wood
85 1/2 inches tall

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Michael C. Thorpe LOT, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 63 x 46 1/4 inches

LOT, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
63 x 46 1/4 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Big Baller Bentley, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 43 ¼ x 43 ¼ inches

Big Baller Bentley, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
43 ¼ x 43 ¼ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Scarface (Self-Portrait), 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 39 ¼ x 31 ¾ inches

Scarface (Self-Portrait), 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
39 ¼ x 31 ¾ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Big Fish Little Man, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 61 ½ x 45 ½ inches

Big Fish Little Man, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
61 ½ x 45 ½ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Corner, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 38 ¾ x 24 ½ inches

Corner, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
38 ¾ x 24 ½ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Mikey’s Secret Hideout, 2022 polyester, plush, wood, and quilting cotton 69 x 26  x 28 ½ inches
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Michael C. Thorpe Mikey’s Secret Hideout, 2022 polyester, plush, wood, and quilting cotton 69 x 26  x 28 ½ inches

Mikey’s Secret Hideout, 2022
polyester, plush, wood, and quilting cotton
69 x 26  x 28 ½ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Birdman finger painting @ 46 in kindergarten class, 2022 2022	Textile, quilting cotton and thread 55 x 38 ¾ inches

Birdman finger painting @ 46 in kindergarten class, 2022
textile, quilting cotton and thread
55 x 38 ¾ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Studio Window, 2022 Fabric, wood, metal 84 x 78 inches

Studio Window, 2022
Fabric, wood, metal
84 x 78 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe If the rapper Blu had dreads, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 18 x 14 ¼ inches

If the rapper Blu had dreads, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
18 x 14 ¼ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Untitled #1, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 11 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled #1, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
11 x 9 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Philipp, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 18 ¼ x 14 ½ inches

Philipp, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
18 ¼ x 14 ½ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Bailey, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 18 x 14 ¼ inches

Bailey, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
18 x 14 ¼ inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Untitled #2, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 11 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled #2, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
11 x 9 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Nigga from Alien, 2022 Cardboard, paper 55 ¼ x 30 inches

Nigga from Alien, 2022
Cardboard, paper
55 ¼ x 30 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe British Iron Man, 2022 Cardboard paper 73 ½ x 30 ½ x 12 inches

British Iron Man, 2022
Cardboard paper
73 ½ x 30 ½ x 12 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe North Haven, 2022 Graphite on paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches

North Haven, 2022
Graphite on paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Austy sluggin’ one, 2022 Graphite on paper 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Austy sluggin’ one, 2022
Graphite on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Prospect Park, 2022 Paper color pencil 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Prospect Park, 2022
Paper color pencil
11 x 8 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Tony, 2022 Thread on paper	 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Tony, 2022
Thread on paper    
11 x 8 1/2 inches

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Michael C. Thorpe Viva, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 40 1/2 x 50 inches

Viva, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
40 1/2 x 50 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Gunther Place, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 60 ¾ x 85 ½ inches

Gunther Place, 2022
textile, quilting cotton and thread
60 ¾ x 85 ½ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Flower Gal @ Bar, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 48 x 58 inches

Flower Gal @ Bar, 2022
textile, quilting cotton and thread
48 x 58 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Poo in the Library, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 51 x 38 inches

Poo in the Library, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
51 x 38 inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Morning Joe, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 50 ¼ x 33 inches

Morning Joe, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
50 ¼ x 33 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Someone who would def whoop yo ass, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 45 x 41 1/2 inches

Someone who would def whoop yo ass, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
45 x 41 1/2 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Stolen from a Henry Taylor Painting, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 44 ½ x 35 inches

Stolen from a Henry Taylor Painting, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
44 ½ x 35 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Da Boat, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 39 x 33 1/2 inches

Da Boat, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
39 x 33 1/2 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Hopeless Romantic, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 40 ½ x 35 ¾ inches

Hopeless Romantic, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
40 ½ x 35 ¾ inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Atlanta House Party, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 41 x 33 ½ inches

Atlanta House Party, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
41 x 33 ½ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Whole Family, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 62 ½ x 46 inches

Whole Family, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
62 ½ x 46 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Slim Jim, 2022 polyester plush and wood 85 1/2 inches tall

Slim Jim, 2022
polyester plush and wood
85 1/2 inches tall

Michael C. Thorpe LOT, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 63 x 46 1/4 inches

LOT, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
63 x 46 1/4 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Big Baller Bentley, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 43 ¼ x 43 ¼ inches

Big Baller Bentley, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
43 ¼ x 43 ¼ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Scarface (Self-Portrait), 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 39 ¼ x 31 ¾ inches

Scarface (Self-Portrait), 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
39 ¼ x 31 ¾ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Big Fish Little Man, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 61 ½ x 45 ½ inches

Big Fish Little Man, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
61 ½ x 45 ½ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Corner, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 38 ¾ x 24 ½ inches

Corner, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
38 ¾ x 24 ½ inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Mikey’s Secret Hideout, 2022 polyester, plush, wood, and quilting cotton 69 x 26  x 28 ½ inches

Mikey’s Secret Hideout, 2022
polyester, plush, wood, and quilting cotton
69 x 26  x 28 ½ inches

(double-click image for interior view)

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Birdman finger painting @ 46 in kindergarten class, 2022 2022	Textile, quilting cotton and thread 55 x 38 ¾ inches

Birdman finger painting @ 46 in kindergarten class, 2022
textile, quilting cotton and thread
55 x 38 ¾ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Studio Window, 2022 Fabric, wood, metal 84 x 78 inches

Studio Window, 2022
Fabric, wood, metal
84 x 78 inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe If the rapper Blu had dreads, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 18 x 14 ¼ inches

If the rapper Blu had dreads, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
18 x 14 ¼ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Untitled #1, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 11 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled #1, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
11 x 9 1/2 inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Philipp, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 18 ¼ x 14 ½ inches

Philipp, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
18 ¼ x 14 ½ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Bailey, 2022 Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas 18 x 14 ¼ inches

Bailey, 2022
Quilting cotton and pigment on canvas
18 x 14 ¼ inches

Michael C. Thorpe Untitled #2, 2022 Textile, quilting cotton and thread 11 x 9 1/2 inches

Untitled #2, 2022
Textile, quilting cotton and thread
11 x 9 1/2 inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Nigga from Alien, 2022 Cardboard, paper 55 ¼ x 30 inches

Nigga from Alien, 2022
Cardboard, paper
55 ¼ x 30 inches

Michael C. Thorpe British Iron Man, 2022 Cardboard paper 73 ½ x 30 ½ x 12 inches

British Iron Man, 2022
Cardboard paper
73 ½ x 30 ½ x 12 inches

Michael C. Thorpe North Haven, 2022 Graphite on paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches

North Haven, 2022
Graphite on paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Austy sluggin’ one, 2022 Graphite on paper 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Austy sluggin’ one, 2022
Graphite on paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Michael C. Thorpe Prospect Park, 2022 Paper color pencil 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Prospect Park, 2022
Paper color pencil
11 x 8 1/2 inches

SOLD

Michael C. Thorpe Tony, 2022 Thread on paper	 11 x 8 1/2 inches

Tony, 2022
Thread on paper    
11 x 8 1/2 inches

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"While studying the likes of Martin Kippenberger, David Hammons, Lubaina Himid, Alvaro Barrington, Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Black Mountain College, and the Dada movement, I began to understand my lineage in the arts. I was so attracted to their ability to explore and experiment, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. My whole life I’ve been hard to categorize and now I want that same feeling about my work."

__Michael C. Thorpe

 

 

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