2020 turned out to be a real challenge for all the visual artists. In response to the pandemic, the Young Painter Prize organisers decided not to suspend the international competition and carry it out in a different format – both the opening and the award ceremony were streamed online and were seen by 11,643 viewers from all around the world. The project jury was comprised of Jean-Max Colard (art theorist, curator, literary critic, chair of the Talk Program..

 

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The 12th winner of the Young Painter Prize will be announced on the 13th of November at the “Pakrantė” gallery in Vilnius. In the run-up to one of the most important painting events of the year in the Baltics, we asked Lithuanian art critic Viltė Visockaitė to share her thoughts on the contemporary painting, networked painting and about the union between painter and curator.

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The 12th winner of the Young Painter Prize will be announced on the 13th of November at the "Pakrante" gallery in Vilnius. In the run-up to one of the most important painting events of the year in the Baltics, we asked Latvian art critic and curator Šelda Puķīte to share her thoughts on the contemporary art scene and the situation for the young artists in it. Painting has been buried then revived many times over the last few decades, but now we can see that the medium is once more in ascent. Where Does Painting Stand Today?

 
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XII YPP Winners!

 

2020 turned out to be a real challenge for all the visual artists. In response to the pandemic, the Young Painter Prize organisers decided not to suspend the international competition and carry it out in a different format – both the opening and the award ceremony were streamed online and were seen by 11,643 viewers from all around the world.


The project jury was comprised of Jean-Max Colard (art theorist, curator, literary critic, chair of the Talk Program at the Centre Pompidou in France), Liina Raus (gallerist, director of Kogo galerii, the Estonian gallery that promotes and supports young artists), Jānis Avotiņš (Latvian painter, turor and lector), Lina Lapelytė (artist, composer, the Golden Lion holder at the 58-th Venice Biennale), and Vilmantas Marcinkevičius (Lithuanian painter, art collector).

 


This year's jury faced a serious challenge too: during both the intermediary and final stages of voting, not all jury members were able to see the originals. However this didn't stop the jury from doing their job – thanks to the extensive photo and video documentation, the experts were able to thoroughly inspect each and every artwork.


After the debate that lasted nearly three hours, the jury picked the Lithuanian artist Elena Antanavičiūtė as the main prize winner. The jury was impressed with her highly personal and an open way of talking about body and sexuality. These topics are highly popular in contemporary society, although the painter approaches them without ideologisation and manages to remain personal and honest in her work.

 

Elena Antanavičiūtė | Belly. 100x95cm, oil on canvas. 2020


Antanavičiūtė was awarded a two month residency in SIM Art Residency Centre in Reykjavik, Island, a 2,000 Euro cash prize, and the opportunity to hold two solo shows: one in "Pamėnkalnis" Gallery, Lithuania, and one in NB Gallery, Denmark. One of the significant aspects of the YPP award "package" is the inclusion of the winner's work into the National Art Museum's painting collection.

 

At the request of the XII YPP Jury, even two special mentions were made. They also went to Lithuanian artists: Sonata Riepšaitė and Samanta Augutė.

Samanta Augutė | Storm. 21x30cm, watercolor on paper. 2020

 

Sonata Riepšaitė |  Dormant Fountain. 110x125cm, charcoal & varnish on canvas. 2019

 

 

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