MEDIA RELEASE 04 February 2004
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists bring their amazing talent to the Royal
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists are coming to the Royal Easter Show in 2004
for the first time, with several disabled artists to display their amazing
ability to paint professional artworks using their mouth painting technique. The
demonstration will take place at the Art and Craft Pavilion on Easter Monday, 12
Margaret Greig of Londonderry and Jim Hodkinson of Narwee will be at the show
providing the crowds with a live demonstration of their painting technique.
The exhibit will also include a display of a number of landscape, portraiture
and abstract works produced by mouth and foot painting artists from around
Australia and New Zealand.
Margaret Greig is a true inspiration and very well known amongst her local
community in Sydney’s west where she regularly conducts her own exhibitions and
attends community events.
Margaret began painting after polio left her paraplegic earlier in life, and
today is one of Australia’s foremost mouth-artists, producing famous landscape
pieces, one of which was recently chosen for the MFPA Christmas range.
Jim Hodkinson had a diving accident which left him quadriplegic at 20 years of
age, and spent the next eleven years as a resident at Lidcombe Hospital. After
receiving some water colours from a friend, Jim discovered mouth painting as a
new way of expressing himself.
Jim’s pure talent earned him acceptance as a member of the MFPA in 1992, and has
since produced a range of pieces which he says has brought new meaning to his
MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives disabled people the opportunity to
fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence,
by selectively selling their highly regarded works of art.
MFPA was founded in 1956 by a group of mainly Swiss, French, British and German
artists. It was founded in 1970 in Australia and now has a membership of over
700 disabled artists in more than 70 countries throughout the world.
Released by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information contact Kristen Mackie
or David Lizzio on (02) 9413 4244.