The beauty and versatility of watercolor as a medium was highlighted at a competition and exhibition held recently at SM Megamall Fashion Hall.
A joint project of Gallery Genesis and SM Megamall, this year’s Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Competition and Exhibition invited only the most highly talented and skilled watercolorists to participate with a mandatory pre-screening requirement.
Over 100 artists competed for the Hall of Fame and Top Five Watercolorists awards. Winners each received a trophy, a certificate, and a cash prize.
Virgilio Pomida, Jr. won the Hall of Fame award with his masterpiece The Morning After. As in the previous years, artists who are qualified for the Hall of Fame are only those who have won at least three times throughout the years.
Meanwhile, 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 Watercolorists.
Judges for this year’s competition included Metropolitan Museum Manila president Tina Colayco, NCCA former chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., SM SVP for marketing communications group Millie Dizon, Ayala Museum’s senior curator Kenneth Esguerra, Vargas Museum’s senior curator Patrick Flores, art critic and art writer Cid Reyes, and Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. president Armita Rufino.
Gallery Genesis established the Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Watercolor Competition and Exhibition in 1983. At that time, the gallery felt that watercolors were underappreciated as a medium of visual arts, when in fact, it requires the artist more discipline and precision than any other medium.
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