MEDIA RELEASE 09 April 2010
Another one in the bag! Tilley wins second place at the Royal Auckland Easter Show
Kerrin Tilley, Opotiki's renowned mouth painting artist has again made his local
community proud winning second place in the Mouth and Foot Painting Artist
(MFPA) Awards at the Auckland Easter Show.
Kerrin feels very privileged to receive this award.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have won second place at the Show. It's a great
feeling to receive recognition for the time and effort I put into my artwork.
It's a great sign I'm on the right track," said Kerrin.
Kerrin entered two oil paintings into this year's MFPA exhibition at the Show
including 'Karearea' and his prize winning painting entitled 'Bikies'.
"I'm very fond of both of these artworks. 'Karearea' is a painting of a native
Falcon which was painted from a photo I took while visiting a bird sanctuary in
Rotorua. 'Bikies' was also painted from a photo which was taken by a friend of
her two children playing on an old trike," said Kerrin.
This is the tenth time Kerrin has exhibited at the Show and has previously won
several prizes including second and fourth place at last year's Show.
With a successful start to 2010 under way, Kerrin is grateful for the support of
the community who continue to encourage his plight as an artist.
"I'm very thankful to the general public for their support of the MFPA. It
allows us to continue our love for painting, living and working as financially
independent artists," 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 the NZ
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 (+61 2)