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MEDIA RELEASE 05 August 2011

Warnambool mouth painting artist Simon Rigg to demonstrate at EKKA in Brisbane
Warnambool's mouth painting artist, Simon Rigg, will be demonstrating his painting technique and exhibiting his artwork at this year's Rural Queensland Show (EKKA) in Brisbane which runs from 11 to 20 August 2011.

Painting with a brush held in his mouth, Simon has risen above adversity to produce artwork of a standard to rival any able bodied artist.

In 1982, Simon fell from a roof ten feet above the ground while working at repairing a shed roof on his own property. This left him a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

However, after many years battling adversity, Simon has now found fulfilment through his art and the art associations he has been a part of. Simon has been an active student artist of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1989.

"The more I paint, the better I become. I guess it's like that with everything in life. Persistence is the key to success," said Simon.

Simon will be demonstrating his painting technique at the EKKA from Thursday, 11 to Tuesday, 16 August and will be using a variety of styles from acrylic, water based colour and ink.

"I like a bit of variety in my painting, especially when demonstrating to people who have come to see my work. I like to show that I can use a range of different styles, but I also want to give people an exciting demonstration," said Simon.

This will be the first time that Simon has painted at the EKKA, and he admits that it is "all pretty new". However, Simon is by no means a beginner in the touring circuit and he is excited to meet fellow painters and fans of his work.

"My favourite thing about these kinds of shows is the good interaction you get between people. You meet people with the same interests who respect the painting that we do at MFPA," said Simon.

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 Australia in 1971 and currently has 17 members around the country.

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 (02) 9698 3933 or visit

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For further information please call Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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