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Wet on Wet, Playing with Water(color) Demo by Claude Tayag
Join visual artist Claude Tayag as he demonstrates the wet on wet watercolor techniques he has developed over more than forty-five years of exploring the medium.
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Claude Tayag (born 1956, Angeles City, Pampanga) is a polymath who has pursued multiple careers to last several lifetimes. He is an accomplished painter, wood sculptor, furniture designer and manufacturer, an award-winning kusinero, a best-selling book author, a columnist for the Philippine Star, and a TV host for Chasing Flavors on the Metro Channel. Tayag is primarily a self-taught artist, taking up architecture and economics courses at the University of the Philippines.
He considers his mentor, writer/painter, Emilio “Abé” Aguilar Cruz as his greatest influence in painting. He first entered into the Manila art scene in 1977, winning second prize award for his painting Ati-Atihan in the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) annual art competition. A year later, he held his first one-man exhibition of watercolor paintings of Philippine folk festivals, folk santos, and Cordillera landscapes – works characterized by a colorful and forceful spontaneity and raw vigor.
The succeeding years he went on to explore more in depth these same themes, but each focusing on specific subjects, i.e. Moriones, Kristos, a watercolor travelogue resulting from an eleven-month grand tour around the world in 1979-80; Cordillera landscapes (having lived in Baguio in 1983-84); and the Bokuseki Series in black and white using Japanese sumi or ink on rice paper. Tayag has had 18 one-man exhibitions since 1978, both in paintings and wood sculptures. He also has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Manila, Beijing, Wachington, D.C., and Madrid. His art is part of many private and public collections such as the Bangko Central ng Pilipinas, Bank of Philippine Islands, and PLDT. His more than forty years in the art scene culminated in a retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of the Philippines in July-September 2019.