Paralysed artist to exhibit artwork

  • 24 September 2007

A Scottish man who was paralysed from the neck down in a swimming pool accident 23 years ago is due to exhibit his acclaimed artwork next month.

Edward Rainey holds his tools in his mouth to paint and create sculptures and is the only Scottish representative of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists’ Association. The body has more than 600 disabled artists on its books around the world.

The Mitchell Library in Glasgow will exhibit some 20 paintings and sculptures by the 46-year-old.

He said: “A lot of people think you can’t do anything with your life if you are confined to a wheelchair. This exhibition is about my evolvement as an artist after becoming paralysed from the neck down.

“It shows that some positivity can be gained from the negativity of being in a wheelchair.”

The exhibition - A celebration of 23 years able bodiment and disabled bodiment – will go on show from October 3-29.