Incredible paintings go on display... by artists who hold brushes with their MOUTHS


Uniquely talented: Steve Chambers paints a scene of two boats at scene by holding a paintbrush in his mouth because a rare condition means he was born with his arms devoid of muscles

From the Houses of Parliament to a beautiful castle, these stunning paintings all have one thing in common - they were captured by artists who paint with their mouths.
This amazing collection of art has all been lovingly created by a group of disabled artists who have achieved international recognition through their work produced by clutching a paintbrush between their teeth or toes.
All are members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association, which has 800 members worldwide, and their work is being displayed at the charity's gallery.
Steve Chambers, who suffers from a rare arthrogryposis syndrome meaning his arms are devoid of muscles and his leg joints are stiff, painted seven of the works using his mouth.

Scenic: Steve Chambers' finished painting of sailboats off Norlfolk Broads, which he created by holding a brush in his mouth, which he says is now second nature to him

The 50-year-old said: 'I have been painting with my mouth for as long as I can remember.
'People always tell me they imagine it took me years to learn to paint with my mouth, but to me using a paint brush with my mouth is like you using your hand to pick up a spoon.'
As a child, Steve spent months in Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children in London where doctors warned his parents he would never be able to use his arms and may be unable to walk.
He said: 'From the beginning I used my mouth to hold a pencil. I didn’t find it difficult because I had never known anything different.

Local scenes: Steve Chambers captured a fisherman putting away his equipment in Cromer, near his home in Norfolk

'What did frustrate me as a kid was that often I could not get the effects I wanted when I tried to draw.
'I would throw down the pencil in a rage but my mother would make me carry on.'

London sights: Steve Chambers has also painted London landmarks, which will be shown at the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association's gallery in Selborne, Hampshire, which opened on February 1

London calling: Steve Chambers' paintings, such as this one of Tower Bridge, in London, take him a month on average to complete

But while Will would create beautiful images with his handheld brush, Steve would gently touch the paper with the brush gripped firmly between his teeth.
Steve said: 'I used to love being there with granddad. I must have been four, five or six perhaps.
'I learned so much watching him and enjoyed what I was doing.'
Steve went to art college when he was 18 and learned the basics of painting, but quit the course early to pursue his artistic individuality.
The father-of-four, who has been married to wife Jo for 22 years and has four children aged between 13 and 21, said: 'These days I concentrate on watercolours and a technique I developed for myself using both paints and coloured pencils.

Stunning: Steve captures this beautiful scene of Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th century Romanesque revival palace, above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Fussen, Bovaria, Germany

Steve produced another painting of the Houses of Parliament viewed from the other side of the river Thames

Winter nights: Steve painted the perfect Christmas card scene after being inspired by a winter landscape in Norfolk

At work: Steve paints mainly in his study at his home in Melton Constable, Norfolk, where he lives with his wife of 22 years, Jo

'It can take me about a month to paint something I am completely happy with and that is up to the standard I expect of myself.
'But sometimes I can go for weeks, say three four or five, without being able to turn out anything decent.
'When the urge is upon me I cannot stop painting. I work through the night and I’m surprised when the day breaks.'

Fellow mouth artist Leanne Beetham and her painting of a ship off the coast of East Yorkshire

Artist Keith Jansz, with his replica of Paul Fischers' The Osterbrogade in Winter, is one of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association's 800 members worldwide

Steve, who cites Salavador Dali and Tracey Emin as his main influences, has been a member of the MFPA since 1980 after a nurse who was involved in caring for him spotted his undoubted artistic talents.
He is now a full member and his work is showcased at the company’s gallery in Selborne, Hampshire, which opened on February 1st.
The organisation also sell the work of Steve and 35 other artists to publications all over the world to raise money for charity.
More than 800 artists are registered with the MFPA worldwide and once they reach a professional standard they get a salary for life.

source: dailymail


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