MEDIA RELEASE 10 November 2011
Warrnambool mouth-painting artist strives for local feel at upcoming One and All Festival
Warrnambool mouth painting artist Simon Rigg will demonstrate his unique talent
at the upcoming 'A Day on the Civic Green' which will be hosted by the annual
One and All Festival on Saturday, 19 November at the Warrnambool Civic Green.
On the day Simon will be painting three pieces, and has chosen to maintain a
local feel throughout his demonstration. The demonstration will take place
between 11 am and 3 pm.
"I will paint local scenes which represent Warrnambool. Perhaps the shores of
the sea-side or the rocks around Thunder point. Ultimately I want my
demonstration to have a local vibe to it, which I think audiences will enjoy,"
Despite having his artworks displayed at a range of exhibitions hosted by the
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), demonstrating has become one of Rigg's
"I love demonstrating because it allows me to show people what I can do, and not
what I can't.
"When painting at home I often feel quite isolated, but painting in front of
people who appreciate my work gives me the inspiration to continue," he said.
After falling from a roof ten feet above the ground while repairing a shed roof
on his own property, Simon was left quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair.
However after many years of battling adversity, Simon has found fulfilment
through his art and the art associations he has been a part of. Simon has been
an active student of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1989.
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 16 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 www.mfpa.com.au.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Nicola Rutzou or Sam Kilborn on (02) 9413