In the News
Mouth Painter Cody Tresierra exhibited his paintings at the Museum of Vancouver
The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, was very impressed with his work.
Mouth Painter Susie Matthias with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell conveyed “Clearly your physical disability is not an impairment to your ability to create beautiful artwork”.
World Renowned Foot Painter with His Holiness Pope Francis
Italian Foot Painter Simona Atzori, who studied art in Ontario, was granted the honour of a private meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at which she presented him with a portrait.
North American Tour, including Toronto & Vancouver
Artist Mariam Paré, who is seen on the picture above with James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, visited galleries and museums in major cities across the US and Canada, when she embarked on her Tour of North America representing the MFPA. At each venue she provided painting demonstrations for the public and showed examples of her finished work. She was joined by fellow mouth painting artists Susie Matthias in Toronto and Cody Tresierra in Vancouver.
North American Artist in Residence Tour Schedule Included
New York, Children's Museum of Art
Toronto, First Canadian Place
Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center
Los Angeles, Kidspace
Vancouver, Museum of Vancouver
St. Petersburg, Museum of Fine Arts
Orlando, Museum of Art
New Zealand Artist Grant Sharman Meets Prince Harry
New Zealand mouth painter Grant Sharman had a "once in a lifetime moment" when he met Prince Harry at the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit at Otara.
Prince Harry met a group of patients who paint with their mouths, with the Prince exclaiming "don't tell me you have done that with your mouth" when he saw their artwork. Sharman, who broke his back playing rugby in 1977, was invited along to the unit for the royal visit and gave Prince Harry a picture he had painted of him standing next to an Apache helicopter. Sharman said the painting was a nice reminder for the Prince of his time in the service. "I sketched it out (the Apache) and I think it came out okay," he said.
The Prince was the "real deal" according to Sharman. "He's such a genuine person. When he talks to you it's like you're the only person there. When he was talking to me there was about 15 or 20 media with cameras and stuff but when I was talking to him I forgot they were there. "There's no airs and graces. He spent his time in the service...he's been to Afghanistan...he's just another guy, a really nice guy.
UK Artist Meets Prince William
Full Member, Keith Jansz, from the United Kingdom had the honour of meeting the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) at an event to celebrate the town of Milton Keynes, UK. Keith - who was rendered quadriplegic after a car accident - was invited to highlight Disability Awareness Day and spent the afternoon demonstrating his mouth painting skills. Keith chose a painting of a seaside harbour in order to show of his incredible technique to the Prince who was amazed by Keith's talent and by his ability to overcome such adversity. “The Prince was intrigued by my ability to capture the Cornish light – a comment that thrilled me, Keith said, as it is what I strive to achieve in all my work. His final comment was that my painting was ‘remarkable’”.
60 Years Young
In 2017, the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists held their General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain. The event is held every 3 years for senior members of the Association, during which time important policy matters are discussed between the board members and fellow artists. The highlight of the assembly was the celebration of 60 years of "Self-help, Not Charity". Since its humble roots in post war Europe, the AMFPA has stayed true to it's founder's vision: to create a global co-operative of mouth and foot painters who would empower disabled artists worldwide and help them reach their goals of artistic excellence and financial independence.
Bright New Faces
During the 60th Anniversary Celebrations and Assembly, Ms Soon-Yi Oh from South Korea and Mr. Grant Sharman of New Zealand were elected as new board members. Both Ms. Oh and Mr Sharman have been members of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists for 20 years and will now serve to help guide the policies of AMFPA for the next 6 years. We wish them luck in this honoured and demanding new role.