Jimmy Tablante is a Filipino artist who has conquered Hawaii, his chosen home since he moved to the beautiful paradise in May 1985.
A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, this Filipino has had the opportunity to work for several local and international architectural firms as a designer and a renderer.
He earned the nickname “Speedy Jimi T.” because of his ability to produce and submit renderings before deadlines. In 1988, he was given one of the best opportunities in his life when the architecture firm Hemmeter Design Group recognized his outstanding ability and sent him to study at Harvard University in Cambridge. His diligence paid off when he was awarded the Graduate School of Design / Advanced Architectural Delineation.
With his excellent architectural background, it was only natural that he would transition to the world of Visual Arts. He took the challenge by enrolling at Linekona Academy of Arts in order to broaden his knowledge in the various aspects of the visual arts.
In May 2011, he became a signature member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society.
Here are the awards and recognition received by “Speedy Jimi T.”April 16, 2009 Aloha Petroleum Realism Award Hawaii Watercolor Society 47th Annual Member Show Mary Ann Beckwith (Juror) July 31, 2009 First Place Association of Hawaii Artists’ 39th Annual Aloha Show Micheal C. Schnack (Juror) July 31, 2009 Honorable Mention Association of Hawaii Artists’ 39th Annual Aloha Show Micheal C. Schnack (Juror) October 4, 2009 Curator’s Choice Certificate of Selection Windward Artists Guild 50th Anniversary Annual Member Exhibition Helen Iaea (Curator) April 5, 2010 Second Honorable Mention Association of Hawaii Artists’ 41st Annual Aloha Show Snowden Hodges (Juror) September 6, 2010 Honorable Mention Association of Hawaii Artists’ 41st Contemporary Show Lisa Yoshihara (Juror) October 4, 2010 Curator’s Choice Certificate of Selection Windward Artists Guild 51th Annual Member Exhibition Antoinette Martin (Curator) October 7, 2010
The Golden Callus Award Best in Show Hawaii Watercolor Society 2010 Open Show
Linda Kemp (Juror) December 14, 2010 Honorable Mention Oahu Arts Center Edmund Aczon (President) March 25, 2011 M.Graham & Co. Award Hawaii Watercolor Society 2011 Member’s Exhibition Eric Wieyardt (Juror) September 19, 2011 Honorable Mention Association of Hawaii Artists’ 42nd Annual Contemporary Show
Antoinette Martin (Juror) October 27, 2011 Hawaiian Graphics/Sunshine Arts Award Hawaii Watercolor Society 2011 Open Exhibition Ken Hosmer (Juror) March 27, 2012 Hawaii Watercolor Workshop Award Hawaii Watercolor Society 2012 Member’s Exhibition Don Andrews (Juror) April 3, 2012 Winner (North Light Books Publishing) Splash 14: Best of Watercolor Rachel Rubin Wolf (Juror / Author)
If ever you happen to be in Hawaii, please check out Jimi Tablante’s original works and prints at:
Kai Ku Hale 66-145 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa.
Na Mea Hawaii 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard #1000, Waikiki, (near the Tapa Bar).