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Christchurch artist to demonstrate and exhibit at Brisbane's EKKA
Christchurch artist Grant Philip, who paints by holding the brush in his mouth, will demonstrate his technique and enter one of his paintings in competition at the EKKA in Brisbane from 7 to 16 August.

Grant is 44 years old and has been confined to a wheelchair for over 26 years. In the summer of 1989, he had a diving accident that left him a tetraplegic.

His painting is called "Tui" and is of one of New Zealand's famous native birds, which has lovely bird song and Grant says he enjoys painting the native flora, fauna and landscapes.

This is the fourth time that Grant has been to the EKKA and he says he is delighted to have the opportunity to compete in the competition and show off his painting technique and meet the public.

"I particularly like meeting the children as I am always intrigued by their interest and the questions they ask. They get right in to look at what we're doing.

"I have sketched out a couple of watercolour paintings for the show and will use these as the basis of my demonstrations," he said.

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 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.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on (02) 9698 3933 or visit

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