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MEDIA RELEASE 29 July 2009

Local mouth painting artist to exhibit at Queensland EKKA show
Warrnambool mouth painting artist, Simon Rigg will display his unique artwork at this year's Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) from 6 to 15 August 2009 at the RNA showgrounds in Brisbane.

Simon is entering two acrylic paintings into the EKKA art competition, 'Lockard Gorge' and 'Fishing Boy'.

Simon's art style varies from realistic to impressionistic, believing that detail is much more easily constructed by the mind than the brush. When it comes to subject matter, the world around him is a constant inspiration.

"When I first started painting, I painted simple observations and pretty pictures but in time this developed into incorporating thoughts, themes, ideas and other personal input", said Simon.

"Subject matter is everywhere around us and it doesn't matter what it is - it's the making of it that is the challenge. It's a bit like life really", Simon added.

In 1982, Simon fell from a roof ten feet above the ground while working at repairing and shed roof on his own property.

"The accident left me a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair", said Simon.

However after many years battling adversity, Simon has now found fulfilment through his art and the art associations he has been a part of. Simon has been an active student artist of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1989.

"I have learnt through my art and my association with the MFPA that the more you put into life, the more you get from it", said Simon.

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 17 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

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For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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