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Local mouth painting artist Grant Philip's artwork exhibited at EKKA
Renowned mouth painter and Christchurch resident, Grant Philip is currently exhibiting his artwork at this year's Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) in Australia. The show runs from 9 to 18 August 2012 at the RNA showgrounds in Brisbane.

Grant will be displaying four paintings at this year's event. He utilised a variety of watercolour, acrylic and oil based paints to create his artworks titled Brewing Storm, The Days End, Tidal Impression and Fijian Sunset.

"The exhibition provided me with a great opportunity to not only give something back to the MFPA but to portray a professional image of the organisation and ensure that the exhibition is a success," said Grant Philip.

Painting with a brush held in his mouth, Grant has risen above adversity to produce artwork of a standard to rival any able bodied artist. Grant has been confined to a wheelchair for over 20 years, following a diving accident in the summer of 1989 that left him a tetraplegic. Not letting his accident get in the way of his ambitions, Grant, proved a naturally gifted drawer whilst working as a Computer Aided Designer for eight years designing playgrounds for McDonald's restaurants.

Just over nine years ago a new challenge was presented to Grant in the way of a scholarship with the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. His goal with painting is to become a full member with MFPA and no longer be dependent on compensation.

Grant enjoys painting landscape scenes of New Zealand and has been a student member of the MFPA since 2002. Apart from painting his other passion is shooting. In 2010 Grant competed at the 2010 IPC Shooting World Championships in Croatia.

Prior to his accident Grant was an apprentice Sheet Metal Engineer as well as a Territorial Soldier with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Engineers, 1st Field Regiment. He was also involved with Scouts achieving the Queens Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

About the MFPA

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 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 or to place an order contact MFPA on (09) 827 6746.

Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Elyse Malloy or Nicola Rutzou on 61 2 9413 4244.

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