MEDIA RELEASE 02 August 2007
Local mouth-painting artist to exhibit at QLD EKKA show again
Mouth-painting artist Glenn Barnett from Port Lincoln is again displaying his
paintings at the Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) from 9 to 18 August at the RNA
showgrounds in Brisbane.
Glenn is a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) and began
painting with a brush held in his mouth in 1964 after a diving accident two
years earlier left him a quadriplegic at the age of 15.
For this year's EKKA art competition, Glenn is entering three artworks which
reflect his love of typically Australian landscapes.
"The paintings I'm entering this year are 'Giant in the bush', 'Lost in the
Flinders SA' and 'Brindabella Ranges ACT'," Glenn said.
"I've been entering the EKKA for nearly 20 years now with my paintings being
displayed in both the MFPA and open categories. I've placed in the MFPA category
a few times over the years.
"It's great to have my paintings displayed in Queensland as I have strong ties
there. I was a Uniting Church minister in Bundaberg for a number of years,
taught at Alcorn College and studied at Queensland University and Trinity
Theological College in Brisbane," he said.
Glenn's unique life and commitment to the MFPA and painting will be recounted in
an upcoming feature in the national art magazine Artist's Palette.
"I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to show my work in an artists'
magazine as most artists are open and honest critics with helpful suggestions,"
In September, Glenn will also be exhibiting his paintings at the Royal Adelaide
Show, the Royal Melbourne Show and the Lipson Art Exhibition.
Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help
organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil
their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by
selectively selling their artworks.
To become a member, an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held in
either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an
illness or accident.
For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or to place an
order contact MFPA on (02) 9698 3933.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Anthia Crosby on (02)