34th Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Watercolor Competition by Gallery Genesis

By Dexter R. Matilla

For almost four decades, the Kulay sa Tubig Invitational Watercolor Competition by Gallery Genesis has remained as the highest standard by which Filipino aquarelle artists are measured — technique, composition, precision, balance, and the choice of subject are scrutinized by the most discerning eyes.

34th KST Poster x SM Megamall

While the past two years have truly been challenging for everyone, artists continued to hone their skills and remained passionate in creating works that define these moments in time. More so for watercolorists who understand that one small mistake with the brush can be costly and thus the need for their patience and perseverance become all the more important.

Started by well-respected art patron Araceli “Chichi” Salas, Kulay sa Tubig has changed for the better many lives of local artists since its first edition in 1983. Winners have gone on to make waves in both the local and the international art scene. Watercolor artists would need to be at their absolute best to be invited into the competition where the prize money is but a bonus as compared to the respect and recognition of the esteemed judges as well as the local art scene in general.

Now celebrating its 34th year, this year’s edition will provide that same platform but under the helm of Gallery Genesis President Patrice Salas, the competition proper will have a lot of new and exciting changes. Unlike in the recent years, this edition will be more exciting as judging and announcement of winners will be done live and in person on October 3, 2022 at the G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall.

“This year’s edition is a lot more exciting and competitive because we will see a lot of newer and unknown artists showcase their talent, while the older artists have greatly grown in terms of their
style and choice of subjects,” says Patrice Salas. “My vision is to widen our reach and give watercolorists from untapped areas in the Philippines the opportunity and platform to show their artworks. A lot of artists from the provinces continue to excel in KST, and we want to continue meeting and reaching local talents from those areas.”

Salas likewise noted the recurring theme for this year’s entries that highlight the everyday struggles and simple joys that every Filipino goes through whether it be a lighthearted moment between a father and daughter, an Igorota weaving clothing, and even a seemingly boring bus commute.

The exhibition runs from October 3 to 9, 2022 at the G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall. It is sponsored by the biggest names in the Philippines, namely: SM Megamall, French Baker, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Bulletin, The Manila Times, When In Manila.com, and The Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc.