MEET THE ARTIST: THE BOOKSHOP EAST GRINSTEAD IS HOSTING A UNIQUE ART EVENT TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON MOUTH AND FOOT PAINTING FOR ONE EVENING ONLY

To mark International Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Day on 5th September and to raise awareness of this unique art form, The Bookshop East Grinstead has commissioned an event on Wednesday 4 September, 7.00pm with mouth painter Jacky Archer. The event offers a rare opportunity to meet the artist, learn about her working process and watch in close up the intricate skills required by the artist to create her mouth-painting masterpieces. 

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985, Jacky was encouraged to begin painting by staff at a local Day Centre and her husband Les. Despite believing that she had no creative talent as a child, Jacky now specialises in scenic landscapes that employ a vivid use of colour. Since her initial creative endeavours, Jacky has grown in confidence and went on to hold her first solo painting exhibition at the Barbican, London in April 2010. 

One of only 33 recognised mouth and foot painting artists in the UK and one of 800 across the globe, Jacky has been a part of the MFPA since 2008.  

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-jacky-archer-tickets-68123347767.  Venue information: https://www.eastgrinsteadbookshop.co.uk 

 

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About Jacky Archer

Jacky was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985, although she continued to work until she lost the use of all four limbs in 2002. Stuck at home, Jacky's Occupational Therapist suggested that she attend a Day Centre, but Jacky was horrified at the thought - she was just 49. However, she did go along and began to try painting by holding a brush in her mouth, encouraged by patient staff at the Day Centre and her ever-supportive husband, Les. 

Jacky initially believed that she had no aptitude for art, in fact she gave up art at school at just 13, to the relief, she says, of her art teacher, but Jacky surprised herself and her family with her efforts. After much perseverance she produced a painting of one her cats that spurred her on.

The gift of a book about the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists inspired Jacky to contact local Student Artist Alan Wells who encouraged her to submit some work to the Association. This resulted in Jacky's acceptance as a Student Artist in 2008. Jacky still uses her cats as willing models and enjoys painting landscapes subjects, too. 

 

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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