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 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.
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For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (+61 2)