Incredible artworks created by artists who paint using only their mouths

275x250.jpg This amazing collection of art has been painted by artists who have one thing in common - they paint with their mouths.
 
The incredible artworks, which include landscapes of Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament have all been lovingly created by a group of disabled artists.
 
All of who are members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists association which helps its members earn a living by creating artwork without the use of their hands.
 
Despite severe handicaps many of the artists have achieved international recognition through work produced with brushes held by their teeth or clenched between their toes.
275x250.jpg 275x250.jpg Yesterday mouth artist Steve Chambers 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.
 
"From the beginning I used my mouth to hold a pencil. I didn't find it difficult because I had never known anything different.
 
"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."

275x250.jpg Steve, 50, added: "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.
 
Steve has been without the use of his arms since birth due to the rare arthrogryposis syndrome, the cause of which is not yet known.
 
The effects mean that dad of four Steve's arms are devoid of muscles and his leg joints are stiff.
 
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.
 
But despite his debilitating disabilities his love of art shone through, thanks to the influence of his granddad Will.

275x250.jpg 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 whose work is showcased at the company's gallery in Selborne, Hampshire which reopened 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. Once they reach a professional standard they get a salary for life.
 

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