Antipolo artist and Far Eastern University lecturer Jaypee Samson won 3rd prize in this year’s edition of the on-the-spot painting competition initiated by AAP or Art Association of the Philippines.
The awarding was held at the GSIS Building in Pasay City, where more than 300 artists participated in the contest.
Raymundo Ador II and Peter Abordo bagged the 1st and 2nd prize, respectively.
Jaypee received P50,000 as prize while Ador pocketed P100,000 and Abordo, P75,000. The top three winners also received plaque and trophy as well as 100% scholarship grant worth P90,000 each from the competition’s sponsor Global Knowledge Academy.
Jaypee, 33, was a Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists awardee in 2009. At present, he is a lecturer at the Fine Arts Department, Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University, Manila.
In receiving the 2009 CCP Thirteen Artists award, Jaypee’s body of work has been characterized by “artistic integrity, innovativeness and forcefulness of ideas…thus providing chance and risk to restructure, re-strengthen, and renew art making and art thinking” in the country.
Other sponsors and partners of AAP in the 7-hour painting competition were Sacred Heart School Batch 85 and GSIS.
AAP is led by its president Fidel Sarmiento. Among the judges this year were Mario De Rivera, Raul Lebajo, Adeste Deguilmo, and Toti Cerda.
Apart from the top awards, the judges named five honorable mention or juror’s award and special award for PWD artist.
In winning the prize, Jaypee acknowledged his students who also showed their talent and tried their luck. These include Patricia Mangahas, Christian Casimiro, Venus Camille Torres, Alyssa Tenorio, Mieka Shinzato, Bernadine Cangao, Reissel Baccala, Charls Relopez and Rin Reyes.
“I would also like to thank FEU Fine Arts professors namely Jerry Macatuno, Manny Billoso, Jun Concepcion, and FEU IARFA faculty for their support,” Jaypee said.
Jaypee grew up along with his older siblings who are also artists and who inspired him to explore the world of art.
“Bata palang ako, tinuturuan na ako gumuhit ng Kuya Jerson ko, siguro mga 6 na taong gulang pa lang ako, nagdo-drawing na ako,” he said.
Jaypee noted that the frequent brownouts in 1991 prompted him and his brothers to kill time and draw leisurely. “Dahil may sari-sari store ang Nanay ko, binibigyan niya kami ng karton na lagayan ng mga sigarilyo. ‘Yun ang nagsisilbi naming sketch pad,” he said.
Jaypee studied painting at the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Diliman major in Painting. At present, he has earned 42 units in Masters in Graphic Technology at Technological University of the Philippines and foundation courses in Master of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
Since 1996, he has held nine solo exhibitions and 40 group shows, the latest of which were 2018 PINTOKYO exhibition of 56 Philippine contemporary artists in Shibuya, Tokyo Japan and 2017 Pinto at Manhattan group exhibition with 60 Filipino artists in New York City led by Dr. Joven Cuanang.
Jaypee is also an active member of ‘Sangviaje,’ a group of artists based in Antipolo who were UP Fine Arts students namely Daniel Aligaen, John Paul Antido, Edrick Daniel, Dennis Fortozo, Guerrero Habulan Jr., Joven Mansit and Pogs Samson.
For the past two decades, Jaypee has likewise reaped numerous grand prize awards from various national competitions such as GSIS Painting Competition in Student Category in 2005; Metrobank Art and Design Excellence in Oil-Based Medium on Canvas Category in 2004; 18th Visual Art National Competition of PLDT-DPC Telephone Directory Cover in 2004; and Best Entry, 56th AAP Annual Competition (Drawing Category) in 2003.