MEET THE ARTIST: DOBBIES MILTON KEYNES IS HOSTING A UNIQUE ART EVENT TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON MOUTH AND FOOT PAINTING FOR ONE DAY ONLY

To mark International Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Day on 5th September and to raise awareness of this unique art form, Dobbies Garden Centre Milton Keynes has commissioned an event on Friday 6th September, 2.30pm with mouth painter Keith Jansz.

The event offers a rare opportunity to meet the artist, learn about his working process and watch in close up the intricate skills required by the artist to create his mouth-painting masterpieces. 

After suffering complete paralysis from the shoulders down following a serious car accident in 1995, mouth painter Keith was inspired to paint by the late MFPA painter Trevor Wells. Since that initial creative spark, Keith has gone from strength to strength, exhibiting his work in solo exhibitions across the UK, US and Italy as well as museums around the world. 

One of only 33 recognised mouth and foot painting artists in the UK and one of 800 across the globe, Keith has been a part of the MFPA since 1998.  

This event forms part of a series of one-off events taking place throughout September. Tickets are FREE and can booked through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-artist-a-unique-art-event-with-mouth-painter-keith-jansz-tickets-67992887557 Venue information: https://www.dobbies.com/find-a-garden-centre/milton-keynes

 

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Notes to Editors:

About Keith Jansz

Keith started painting for the first time since primary school after having run the London Marathon for Barnardo’s in 1995. Just two months later he suffered a broken neck in a tragic car accident, resulting in complete paralysis from the shoulders down. After six months in the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Keith returned home to begin the painful process of adjusting to his new situation. Unable to do anything for himself Keith naturally became depressed.

In December 1996 Keith’s mother-in-law gave him a book entitled ‘Painters First’, a collection of biographies of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. He was able to empathise with the artist’s tragic stories and was inspired by reading of their triumphs and successes. Eager to encourage this spark of interest, Keith’s wife Cindy arranged a meeting with the mouth artist Trevor Wells who helped to persuade Keith to try painting by holding a brush in his mouth.  Despite several early disastrous efforts Keith persevered and, in 1998, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists accepted him as a Student Artist. This achievement spurred him on to work with such determination that in 2000 he was promoted to a full Member Artist within the Association. Since then Keith’s paintings have been sold as reproductions worldwide. He has held a number of solo exhibitions in the UK and Italy and his paintings have been exhibited in museums around the world including Lisbon, Madrid, Copenhagen, Shanghai and Atlanta.  Keith enjoys exploring the sensations of light in his paintings, from the sparkling reflective sunlight at the beach to the unique atmospheric light in Venice, and the long shadows of winter light on snow. He also enjoys the demanding discipline of painting the human figure, in pastel or oil. Like his heroes, the Impressionists, Keith revels in the challenge of painting ‘en plein air‘ to capture the most authentic effect, completing his paintings in the studio.

 

About the MFPA

Formed in 1957, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists is part of an international self-help association of disabled artists (AMFPA) who paint without the use of their hands. There are currently 33 British artists and almost 800 artists from over 80 countries worldwide.

The MFPA is run by the artists themselves, who reproduce their original paintings as unique greetings cards, calendars and a wide range of other products, which brings vital, financial security to its members. 

 

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