Australia

Simon Rigg

Born on 1 March 1954 in Australia, Simon Rigg became a quadriplegic when he broke his neck after falling off a roof in the central Victorian town of Castlemaine in 1982. Before the fall, Simon was a landscape gardener and the superintendent of grounds at the Alexander Home and Hospital in Castlemaine. Simon visited MFPA member Bill Mooney, on his first trip out of the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, who encouraged him to try mouth painting.

James Hodkinson

James Hodkinson was born on 7 September 1949 in Manchester. At the age of ten, he moved from England to Australia, where he still lives today. In 1973 he had a bathing accident which left his arms and legs paralysed, resulting in a hospital stay of two years. After that James Hodkinson lived in a home for people with spinal injuries. At the same time, this was a new start in his life. During the rehabilitation phase, he frequently attended painting and drawing classes. He took a great liking to draw with a pencil in his mouth. Ever since he has continuously striven to further develop his artistic talent.

Margaret Greig

Born on 15 March 1937 in Moruja, Margaret Greig contracted polio and became a quadriplegic at the age of thirteen. Since then she has been confined to the wheelchair. During her long stay in the hospital, she started painting and writing with her mouth. Ever since, the pleasure she takes in painting has grown steadily. She finds even more richness in painting now than when she first began to discover the quality of life through art. Margaret Greig was brought up on a farm before her illness and loves all animals, particularly horses and cows. They have been her subject for many paintings. Most of her paintings also depict the country scenes.

Glenn Barnett

Glenn Barnett was born on 28 September 1917 in Port Lincoln.  In 1962, Glenn Barnett broke his neck in a diving accident which left him a tetraplegic, confined to the wheelchair. After the accident, he spent about a year in the hospital. Back home, his son asked him to draw him a picture. The day after, he drew a straight line with a pen in his mouth. This was his first attempt at mouth painting. Since he did not have any training in the traditional sense, he then decided to study the history of art and learnt about the possibilities colours had to offer him.  He was introduced to MFPA through a television program and also of the fact that other disabled people paint in the way he does. As a result, he continued to experiment with various painting techniques.

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