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MEDIA RELEASE 10 April 2010

Tumara Park mouth painting artist wins third prize at the Royal Auckland Easter Show
Tumara Park mouth painting artist Grant Philip won third place in the Mouth and Foot Painting Artist Awards at the Auckland Easter Show with his painting entitled 'What Lies Beneath'.

Grant feels very privileged to have received this award.

"This award came as a nice surprise. It is quite gratifying to know that my art work is reaching a quality level that is good enough to be awarded a prize in such a prestigious event like the Auckland Easter Show," said Grant.

Grant's prize winning acrylic painting entitled 'What Lies Beneath' depicts a river under water scene.

"This painting was inspired by a memory as a young boy swimming in the river on holidays. I've tried to capture the beauty of the driftwood and various colour rocks and pebbles I remember seeing when swimming beneath the surface," said Grant.

Grant began painting with a brush held in his mouth after a diving accident left him quadriplegic. He has been a student member of the MFPA since 2002 and has been working to improve his art ever since.

"By continuing to develop my style, quality and my ability to paint landscapes, my favourite subject matter, I hope to eventually have my own exhibitions one day," 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 the NZ MFPA on (09) 827 6746.

Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (+61 2) 9413 4244.

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