MEDIA RELEASE 03 April 2009
Local mouth painting artist to demonstrate talent at the Royal Easter Show
Opotiki mouth painting artist Kerrin Tilley will be demonstrating his unique
painting technique at this year's Auckland Royal Easter Show on Monday, 13 April
2009 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Kerrin began painting with a brush held in his mouth in 1988 after suffering a
neck injury while playing rugby. He has been a member of the Mouth and Foot
Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1992, and is now an associate MFPA member.
This is the fifth year that Kerrin has demonstrated his mouth painting technique
at the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) exhibition at the show.
"The demonstrations are a great opportunity to talk to people about my artwork
and my technique. Children in particular are always fascinated by the work of
the MFPA artists. I enjoy answering their questions and seeing their amazement
as they watch the artists paint", said Kerrin.
Kerrin has entered two paintings into the MFPA section at this year's Auckland
Easter Show; a colourful and intricate oil painting of the native New Zealand
Kaka parrot, as well as an abstract acrylic painting entitled 'Figure Study'
which explores the use of colour, tone and form.
"Most of my works usually consist of natural scenery because even before my
accident I was always very interested in nature and wildlife. I also like to
experiment with different styles, mediums and techniques so that I continue to
grow as an artist. It keeps my art interesting", said Kerrin.
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.
The MFPA was established in New Zealand in 1961 and currently has 20 members.
To become a student 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. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and
tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a
salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.
For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on
(09) 827 6746.
Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis Rutzou Public
For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413