Softer in color yet strong on impact, watercolor art has made its mark in the Philippine art scene. Over 100 artists participated in the Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Competition and Exhibition at the SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall.
A joint project of Gallery Genesis and SM Megamall, this was the competition’s 32nd year in which only the most highly talented and skilled watercolorists are invited to participate with a mandatory pre-screening requirement.
The artists competed for the Hall of Fame and Top Five Water Colorists awards. Winners each received a trophy, a certificate and a cash prize.
Carlo Caacbay (Utopia, We Dream as One), Jarsen Lacson (Spidermen), Julian Eymard Paquiligan (Sweet Predictions), Ronnie Pascua (Force) and Richard Romeo (A National Treasure) were named the Top Five Water Colorists.
Virgilio Pomida Jr. won the Hall of Fame award with his masterpiece The Morning After. Hall of Famers are those who have won at least three times in the annual competition.
Judges for this year’s edition were Metropolitan Museum Manila president Tina Colayco, former chair of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Felipe de Leon Jr., SM senior vice president for Marketing Communications Group Millie Dizon, Ayala Museum senior curator Kenneth Esguerra, Vargas Museum senior curator Patrick Flores, art critic and art writer Cid Reyes and Filipino Heritage president Armita Rufino.
It was in 1983 when Gallery Genesis established the Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Watercolor Competition and Exhibition. At that time, the gallery felt that watercolor was underappreciated as a medium of visual arts when, in fact, it requires more discipline and precision than any other medium. It is considered as the most difficult medium to handle, control and master.
In keeping with the times, the Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Competition aims to raise funds for the benefit of the frontliners of the UP Philippine General Hospital, with 75 percent of the gross profit from the art competition and exhibition proceeds to be used to purchase masks, personal protection equipment and other essential medical items.
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