International art competition Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award (NOBA Award) Public Choice 2022 winner is Lithuanian artist Laura Marija Salkauskiene for her artwork Emptiness and energy II. Altogether close to 1800 votes were cast at the public voting with the winner receiving 431. The Public Choice Award includes a 500-euro monetary prize. NOBA Award Grand Prix and Young Painter Award selected by the international jury will be announced in mid-December.

According to Andra Orn, the organiser of the NOBA Award, it is the first time that printmaking has earned the public’s affection. “Emptiness and energy II has been created in 5 editions and we have obtained one also to NOBA.ac’s collection. A few editions are still available to other art enthusiasts,” she adds. 

Laura Marija Salkauskiene has been participating in group exhibitions and plein-air paintings for around a decade. She has also presented soo-exhibitions, including “Matters of (si)liberation” at 5Malūnai gallery in 2021 and “Emptiness, banished thoughts…” at Artifex gallery in 2022. This year she graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts with a Master’s Degree in Graphic Arts. Before entering the art world, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies at Vilnius University.  

Read a longer interview with Laura Marija Salkauskiene at NOBA.ac

Altogether 80 artists from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland with 156 artworks are taking part of the international art competition NOBA Award. In addition to the Public Choice award, the  Grand Prix and the Young Painter Award  -  monetary prices of 2000 € and 1000 € accordingly - will be handed out. The winners will be selected by the international jury and announced in mid-December 2022. 

NOBA Award (Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award) is a unique international art competition in the region that involves young talents at the beginning of their professional career. The competition gathers the best works of BA and MA graduates of five art academies (Estonian Academy of Arts, Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Art Academy of Latvia, Vilnius Academy of Arts and Helsinki Uniarts) to the online platform NOBA.ac, promotes the graduation shows and brings international attention to the graduating students starting their careers.


NOBA Award 2022 international jury consists of the dean of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, art historian and curator Sarah Lookofsky, head of the Art Academy at the University of Bergen Frans Jacobi, associate professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts Per Nilsson, rector of Iceland University of the Arts Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir, Taina Erävaara and  Dr. Vesa Taatila from Turku University of Applied Sciences, Cosmoscow art director Simon Rees, Anne Klontz from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Andris Vītoliņš from Art Academy of Latvia,  Pire Sova, gallerist of Estonian Art Academy,  Ieva Skauronė, rector of Vilnius Academy of Arts, lecturer at Uniarts Helsinki Harri Monni, Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) and, Helsinki biennial 2020 head curator Pirkko Siitari and Andra Orn from NOBA.ac.

Estonia

Painting

Afterlife  
Painting 5  
Through the Jungle  
€4200
VRTSK(II)  
€2770
VRTSK(III)  
€2770
Essence  
€350
Painting 3  
Mary meets Elisabeth  
€1540
Among others  
€3080
Jesus in the thomb  
€1540
Transmission  
Painting 2  
Almost  
€3080
Presence hatching  
€400
outpouring of Holy Spirit  
€1540
VRTSK(I)  
€2770
Presence growing  
€350
From the beginning  
€3080

Drawing

Moonface  
Excitement  
Home  

Printmaking

Laualood II  
€230
Laualood I  
€230
Laualood III  
€230

Sculpture

Giraffa camelopardalis  
€900
Centurio senex  
€900
Wallish intervention XI  
€3000
Wallish intervention III  
€3000
Wallish intervention VI  
€3000
Istiophorus platypterus  
€900

Photography

Buffing 2  
Buffing 1  
Performative photography See you  
Buffing 3  

Installation

Everything began from there. Me and you, you and me, us and we, the sky and the sea, the soil and the heat.  
€4000
2.0  
€6670
A Fisherman's Tale  
€9000
I'm being haunted by a lingering feeling  
€4620

Other

The Gold-spinners  

Mixed media

Dream-like  
€3075
2.15m3  
€3850
RIP.PED (The Glitch series)  
€3075
The Glitch  
€3075

Video

The Door  
Feetarehandsarefeet  
Lucky to be here  
Black & White  

Finland

Painting

Spatial Surface  
€1500
Touches I  
Bowl of milk  
The birth of Ella  
€1480
Chat with Emptiness  
€1500
Folding  
€1500
Fear is in my roots  
€400
Akkavalta / Girl Power  
€1400
Vertigo  
€1480
Taivas / Heavens  
€1600
Wild Life  
Touches II  
The fern flower  

Printmaking

Collected View  
€2300
Map  
€450

Sculpture

A three-poled compass  
€3400
Homage to a Lost Urban Survivalist  
€5380
Moonlight at the ocean  
€5000
Formation  
€540
Midday blooming  
€5000
Secret Room  
€6000
Devil Dog  
€3000
21 components  
Evening mist  
€5000

Photography

Siblings II  
Siblings III  
Siblings I  

Installation

Lose, Fumble, Find  
NARUTONG  
€4700
Ville Laurinkoski 7.5. – 5.6.2022  
€15000
My castle  
Breakfast Outside  
€3300
Two Times for The First Time  
Justice's Interior Designer  
€7000

Publication

Green Gold Fever: Report about the state of forests in Finland  
€42

Mixed media

Wanna play art for the coach  
€500

Video

Staircase  
€770
Ring  
€770
Throat's stricture  
O.  
€4000
Seize the Moment  

Latvia

Painting

Bell in Venice  
Hidden terrae incognitae of the mind, IX/X  
€740
Spiritual journey (Faith)  
€10000
Hidden terrae incognitae of the mind, V/X  
€660
Spiritual journey (August 15th II)  
€8000
Another garden  
€1500
Memory notebook  
Hidden terrae incognitae of the mind, IX/X  
€520
Falling  
The artist as a spider  
Spiritual journey (August 15th I)  
€8000
FRAME  
€1230

Drawing

impulsa opus (imprinted works)  
€900

Printmaking

Flags III  
€480
Flags II  
€480
Flags I  
€480

Sculpture

Retell  
€140
Sensitive touch  
Retell  
€90

Installation

exterior linea (external line)  
€600
sui stans (self-standing)  
DIVIDER  
Dry mix for relationship building  
€5600
EXCERSISES OF THE NINJA PAINTER  

Other

Mic Drop  

Mixed media

Concrete cushion  
€9230
The Wheel of life  
€3000
Wir alle sind seine Mörder!  

Lithuania

Painting

5177820-5177864 NEVERTIN  
5177775 JOGINTAS ČEPULIS 'VĖJAS' 2022-02-23 16:58-5177819 IŠ LEMPOS  
MARCH19  
€1460
Garden No 6  
Galminiai  
€550
Wanderings  
€2310
Bad Signal  
€850
Garden No 3  
The Sweater was There  
€700
Second morning prayer  
€1600

Drawing

Mangolds (from the series the Kitchen Garden)  
€100

Printmaking

Searching for a coincidence  
Emptiness and energy II  
€555

Sculpture

Division of photon  
€1850

Installation

That Feeling of the Night  
€5500
"exi(s)t"  
The Matrix of Water  
The Oyster  
The Matrix of Water  
The Matrix of Water  
Lamentations  

Other

Meta  
€600
Creation  

Publication

Book: ‘The journey continues. Into the deep’  

Mixed media

The journey continues. Into the deep  
Love  
€1200

Video

I comment, therefore I am  

Street Art

Resurrection of mammoth  

Other

Installation

You are no longer the same  
€4000
Our Memories just won't die, it's the trip that keeps us alive  
€3500
Until time doesn't allow me to be who I am  
€4000

 



  
 
 

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