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  • Ace is... Mick Thornley sporting artist

    Ace is... Mick Thornley


Mick Thornley, renowned artist, bon viveur, exercise rider, hunter/gatherer & co-proprietor of The Roadkill Cafe (sadly, invited guests only), long-time resident of Lambourn in Berkshire.

Mick began his working life in racing stables with Harry Wragg in the late sixties and still rides out in Lambourn today, though not (he emphasises) on the 'dodgy' ones.

Although Mick had painted and drawn since childhood, it was a chance meeting with sculptor Emma Wade in the 1980s that proved the catalyst for his professional career; she displayed one of Mick's works at an exhibition of her pieces in Ireland which sold immediately.

The initial inspiration  for the nom de plume 'Ace' came from a phone call from a Liverpudlian compatriot along the lines of 'OK Mickey, how ya doin ace?' (translation, 'Hello Michael, how are you?'). Which of course follows on nicely from the tradition of three letter nom de plumes used in earlier years by caricaturists such as Sir Leslie Ward, 'Spy' of Vanity Fair fame, a great source of inspiration to Mick.