The ‘Painting in the Park’ event is an amazing opportunity for families to watch and learn about the work of the renowned Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) and to meet these inspirational people in person and see them in action. Throughout the two days the artists will be holding regular prize draws to give away a selection of children’s books and puzzles.
The event will be held at the Bandstand on the Serpentine Road, circa 150 yards from the Queen Elizabeth Gate entrance at Hyde Park Corner. The artists will display their paintings and demonstrate their painting techniques, children and their parents will be able to speak with them and see the process of creating a new picture live.
One of the most well known artists, Alison Lapper had a statue, by mark Quinn, of herself displayed in Trafalgar Square, London (between 2005 and 2007). Alison Lapper is actually a professional painter in her own right; painting by holding a paintbrush in her mouth.
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists is a self help organisation of seriously disabled artists who take pride in earning their living by painting with a paint brush held in their mouth or between their toes. They sell reproductions of their work to the general public. Currently there are over 700 artists worldwide in over 70 countries. They were established in Britain in 1956 and there are currently around 47 artists here. For a bit more information here is their GB web site address www.mfpa.co.uk
For further information (further pictures available) please contact Charo
020 8964 0260
Artists participating in the event will be:
Keith is paralysed from the neck down after a serious road traffic accident in 1995. He is from Buckinghamshire and was a keen sportsman before his accident. However, only four months before his accident he had taken up oil painting, one of his favourite subjects at school. He enjoys, landscape, still life and figure painting.
Leanne was born in 1987 with arthrogrypoesis which means that her muscles are without motive power. She is passionate about animals and loves to paint them. Leanne is currently studying a degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour Science (animal psychology). She has chosen this degree because it teaches her how to observe animals and help her in her work as an artist. Leanne’s dream is to become a full time artist after she finishes her course and focus on wildlife painting, as well as keep working with the MFPA.
Katrina Gardner was born in 1962 and lives in Hull. She became a student artist with the association in March 2000. Foot painter, Katrina is a mother of 4 children. Despite being a Thalidomide baby and born without arms, she always had an interest in the creative process and whilst at school dabbled in pottery and needlecraft. Katrina’s preferred medium is watercolour although she is also keen to try out other forms of painting. Katrina will have her ambition realised this year as one of her paintings has been chosen by the MFPA to be reproduced as a Christmas card, unusual for a student artist as cards are usually designed by the full members.
Tom Yendell was born in March 1962 without arms or hands. Tom developed the ability to use his feet as hands; learning how to use his feet, mouth, and chin to do every day tasks from an early age. He attended Treloar College in Alton, Hants and from the age of 9 he decided that the only subject he wanted to pursue was art and went on to do a degree in expressive art at Brighton Polytechnic. Tom’s pictures are incredibly popular with children and adults alike.
Tom is very active in promoting the work and art of the MFPA and gives talks to groups such as Women’s Institutes, Schools and Art Groups.
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