MEDIA RELEASE 14 August
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
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 (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Elyse Malloy or Nicola Rutzou on 61 2 9413