MEDIA RELEASE 6 April 2006
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists to display amazing talent at the Royal Easter Show
The amazing talent of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) will once
again be demonstrated at the Auckland Royal Easter Show from 13 to 20 April,
with eight well respected New Zealand artists demonstrating their mouth painting
Ten talented artists from New Zealand have had their paintings selected for
judgement in the MFPA category of the Easter Show Art Competition.
Well-known disabled artists from across the country will demonstrate their mouth
painting technique in the Art Hall including Ross Stonham, Grant Sharman, Murray
Cohen, Ray Hickey, Kevin Griffiths, Wayne Te Rangi, Lee Tamati-Aubrey and Toni
Fox, most of whom also have paintings displayed at the show.
Local Lynfield artist Ross Stonham will be demonstrating his mouth-painting
technique at the show for the tenth year in a row.
“Demonstrating to a crowd can still be a little nerve-racking but once I get
started it’s fine,” said Ross.
“The elderly and children are particularly interested in seeing how I paint.
It’s very encouraging to draw such large groups of people,” he said.
Ross, who has been an MFPA member since 1995, began painting with a brush held
in his mouth after a swimming pool accident left him tetraplegic in 1989.
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 established in New Zealand more than forty years ago and today
has a membership of over 700 disabled artists in more than 70 countries
throughout the world.
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. 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
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For further information contact Marie Tritsaris
or Aleks Czerwinski on (612) 9413 4244.