MEDIA RELEASE 14 December 2005
Amazing talent of mouth painting artist on display at local gallery
The amazing talent of disabled artist, Margaret Greig, is on display at the
Grafton Regional Gallery until 8 January 2006.
The exhibition, called ‘Brush in the mouth’ which started 16 November will
showcase Margaret’s work.
A member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1970, Margaret
started painting with a brush held in her mouth after polio left her a
quadriplegic in her mid-teens.
“I feel very honoured to have a personal exhibition at the gallery, especially
since there has been much interest from the public for me to demonstrate my
painting technique, Margaret said.
“If the opportunity arises and I have the ability to appear at the exhibition, I
would definitely like to demonstrate my mouth painting technique. It always gets
a good response.
“I have also been asked by various people if I could display my work in the
future. Having another exhibition of my paintings at Grafton Regional Gallery
would be very exciting,” she said.
This year, Margaret has two paintings featured in the MFPA Christmas Range of
greeting cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, calendars and bookmarks.
Margaret has developed a strong artistic style by holding a brush in her mouth.
She receives much support for using this technique, as many people purchase and
admire her paintings. Those who have met the artist feel very inspired and
dazzled by her paintings.
MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives disabled people the opportunity to
fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence,
by selectively selling their highly regarded works of art.
MFPA was founded in 1956 by a group of mainly Swiss, French, British and German
artists. It was founded in 1970 in Australia and now has a membership of over
700 disabled artists in more than 70 countries throughout the world.
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. 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 please contact MFPA on (02) 9699 3473.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information contact Marie Tritsaris or Aleks Czerwinski on 02 9413