For eleven years now, the Young Painter Prize (YPP), an annual art competition project for the Baltic region countries, has been gathering the attention of art professionals and painting devotees from all over the world. This year’s winner has been announced during the award ceremony that was held in Vilnius on 8 November, 2019. The prize worth 5000 EUR has been awarded to Sandra Strēle from Latvia. The artist received a real ‘success package’: a two month residency in SomoS Art House, Berlin, a cash prize, and an opportunity to hold a solo show in “Pamėnkalnio” Gallery, Vilnius. Yet the most significant part of ‘package’ is that... 

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The project “Young Painter Prize” invites young artists from three Baltic States – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – to submit applications. The applications of participants must be submitted by 1 September, 2019. Conditions for participation in the project: 1. All artists that have a degree in art or are studying it, as well as senior art students can participate in the project XI Young Painter Prize; 2. Applications for participation should be submitted by the young artists from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; 3. The painting submitted for the competition should be created during the period.. 

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The art residence in Lisbon, the exhibition in Vilnius and the monetary prize - this year was awarded the best young painter in the Baltic States. The international commission was most impressed by Monica Plentauskaitė. The Young Painter Prize in Vilnius was presented 10 times. On this occasion were opened four YPP exhibitions and two satelitte exhibitions in the capital of Lithuania. About 100 young painters from the Baltic States competed for the title of the best young artist. Monika Plentauskaitė was elected. According to the International Commission, in her work Monika managed to perfectly balance..

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XI YPP Winners!


XI YPP Award Winner Announced

 

 

For eleven years now, the Young Painter Prize (YPP), an annual art competition project for the Baltic region countries, has been gathering the attention of art professionals and painting devotees from all over the world. This year’s winner has been announced during the award ceremony that was held in Vilnius on 8 November, 2019.

 

The prize worth 5000 EUR has been awarded to Sandra Strēle from Latvia. The artist received a real ‘success package’: a two month residency in SomoS Art House, Berlin, a cash prize, and an opportunity to hold a solo show in “Pamėnkalnio” Gallery, Vilnius. Yet the most significant part of ‘package’ is that the winner’s work will be included in the Lithuanian Art Museum art collection in the National Art Gallery.

Sandra Strēle / LV

Nostalgia. 200x405cm, canvas / mixed media. 2019

 

This year the YPP project jury included Vilius Kavaliauskas, the founder and proprietor of the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation and the Lewben Art Foundation, and member of the Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee (REEAC); Maarit Murka, one of the most prominent Estonian hyper-realist painters; Arūnas Gelūnas, director of the Lithuanian Art Museum, former Prorector of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and former Culture Minister; Paulus Fugers, visual artist, curator, and the founder and director of the SomoS residency centre in Berlin; and Šelda Pukite, Latvian art critic and curator.

 

Following the success of the last year’s initiative, the creative communications agency “Autoriai” and the contemporary art gallery “The Rooster” introduced their own additional prizes.

 

The “Autoriai” agency, a close collaborator with the artists of the Baltic region, contributed with their “Special Mention” cash prize 750 EUR. The winner of this prize has been selected by the interdisciplinary jury of Aušra Trakšelytė (art critic, curator, and organizer of cultural events), Darius Petrulaitis (photographer), Giedrė Šileikytė (founder and creative director of the "Autoriai" agency), Gilma Teodora Gylytė (founder and architect of the "DO Architects" studio), Ieva Rekštytė-Matuliauskė (Editor-in-Chief of the Moteris magazine), and Viktor Bachmetiev (philosopher, translator, publisher). This year’s “Special Mention” prize went to Arnolds Andersons from Latvia.

Arnolds Andersons / LV

Modest. 100x100cm, acrylic on canvas. 2018

 

One of the YPP finalists also received “The Rooster Open”, an encouragement award from the “Rooster” gallery which works exclusively with the up-and-coming young artists. The award features the opportunity to run a solo exhibition with the full curatorial and managerial support from the Rooster Gallery. This year, “The Rooster Open” award winner is Eglė Norkutė from Lithuania.

Eglė Norkutė / LT
Art and Collectibles. Oil on canvas, varios forms. 7-50cm variable sizes, installation. 2019

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