MEDIA RELEASE 03 April 2009
Mouth painting artists to demonstrate talent at the Royal Easter Show
Eight mouth painting artists from the Mouth and Foot Painting Association (MFPA)
will be demonstrating their unique painting technique at this year's Auckland
Royal Easter Show from Thursday 9 April to Monday, 13 April 2009.
Artists demonstrating their work will include Grant Sharman, Martin Payne, Toni
Fox and Kerrin Tilley.
Grant Sharman has been a member of MFPA for over 20 years and has participated
in the MFPA demonstrations at the Auckland Easter Show every year since 1996.
"The MFPA artist demonstrations are a great opportunity to show the public our
artwork. Many people buy our cards and it's a great opportunity for them to see
how we paint! We enjoy talking with people at the exhibition and answering any
questions they may have", said Grant.
Grant became a quadriplegic at the age of 15 after a breaking his neck while
playing rugby. He has been a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA)
Grant has entered two paintings into the MFPA section at this year's Auckland
Easter Show; a realistic painting of a World War II Wellington Bomber, as well
as a watercolour painting of roses. He will be demonstrating his painting on
Thursday, 9 April, from 1 to 4 pm.
"My career as a mouth painting artist has given me a real sense of enjoyment and
independence. The great thing about being an artist is that we do spread some
enjoyment and give to others instead of always receiving", said Grant.
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