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MEDIA RELEASE 28 July 2016

Local Kaiapoi artist Patrick Edmonds to compete and demonstrate at Brisbane's EKKA
Local Kaiapoi mouth painting artist Patrick Edmonds, will enter a painting in the competition, as well as demonstrate his amazing technique at the EKKA to be held in Brisbane from 5 to 14 August.

He will be one of six artists, who are all members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, and will demonstrate during the ten day show.

Patrick was involved in a swimming pool accident in Taupo on New Year's Eve 1985 that left him a tetraplegic.

He started painting in 2012 and became a Student Member of MFPA in 2014.

Patrick's EKKA exhibition entry is called "Mother's Love" and depicts a mare and her foal.

He says that the inspiration behind the painting for the painting is to show the nurturing of the young that spreads throughout all of nature.

"We have had a lot of sad stories in the news recently about children being mistreated and the painting shows that the love and care from a mother to her offspring is a natural component that should be strong across humanity and animals alike," he said.

"At EKKA I will be painting using acrylic on canvas and my subjects will be "Birds and berries", "Flowers in still life" and "Australian Landscapes" and the inspiration behind all these paintings are the colours of spring.

"It is a fantastic event and the venue and interaction between the public and the artists offers us a grand opportunity to display our artistic talents and raise the profile of MFPA.

"Many of the visitors have been previously doubtful that we are able to paint by holding the brush in our mouth, so for them seeing is believing and to help them realise that it is very difficult to do I encourage them to put a pen in their mouth and try and write their name.

"This provides convincing proof that painting by holding a brush in your mouth is not only difficult, it takes many, many years of practice to produce a painting of a presentable standard," Patrick said.

The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists gain their income through the sale of products illustrated with their paintings and although this started with Christmas cards, today it includes a wide list of products ranging from special occasion cards, jigsaws, tea sets, address books, calendars, Christmas serviettes and place mats, gift tags and wrapping paper.

This year at EKKA the MFPA will have a stand from where they will sell their products.

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 22 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.

Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Dennis Rutzou on +61 411 510 888.

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