An international jury of the Nordic Baltic Young Artist Award has made a selection and announced the winners of the award, the Grand Prix goes to Latvian artist Laura Aizporiete for her large scale installation “Garage 119”. The Young Painter Award goes to another Latvian artist Ingrida Ivane for her 4,8 x 6,4 meters massive painting “34 29”. 

The winner of the Grand Prix and the Young Painter Award will receive monetary prices of 2000 € and 1000 € accordingly.

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. In 2022 the 7th edition of the NOBA Award presented overall 80 emerging artists with 156 artworks from art academies in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland.

According to the jury member Andris Vītoliņš, Art Academy of Latvia Pro-rector and the painting department professor, the winners works are impressive already in scale, but also in technical execution.

Founder of the NOBA award Andra Orn adds that usually the competition has been a close contest, but this year both awardees beat others by a significant majority of points. „The jury members saw a general potential in these artists to stand out in the international perspective, dealing with topics and themes that are relevant."

For Laura Aizporiete, receiving the NOBA Award Grand Prix is not the first significant acknowledgement. In 2022 she graduated Latvian Academy of Art, Visual art department painting faculty with the Vilhelms Purvitis Excellence Award. In 2020 she was nominated for XII Young Painter Prize and 2018 for SEB Painting Prize. 

Laura Aizporiete says that as painting has become the closest and most engaging medium for her, she is trying to distance herself from its most traditional forms. ”I believe that paintings can be created by using many different materials, including crystals, dust, rust, wood etc. I am interested in experimenting with various materials, substances, and chemicals, regularly exposing my works to many external unpredictable factors and trying to allow breathing space for unexpected outcomes. As of February 24,  when I experienced an emergency evacuation from Kyiv, Ukraine, I have reassessed my interests, priorities and opportunities in art as a form of communication. At the moment I am focusing on memorial art and responsibly socially active art,” she adds. 

“34 29” by Ingrida Ivane

The winner of the Young Painter Award, painter and textile artist Ingrīda Ivane has held eight solo exhibitions in Estonia and Latvia so far and participated in more than 50 group exhibitions also internationally. For a number of years, she has explored various topics surrounding houses, buildings, and homes and created a range of works from internationally commended tapestries to installations and live painting performances. For the exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Art Academy of Latvia, she built a separate, enclosed space in the Arsenāls exhibition hall in Riga where she more than two months, painted and repainted the walls using Soviet tones and ornamental motifs before settling for a white exhibition cube where the visitors could peel off the layers of paint covering its walls. 

Her latest work, which was submitted to NOBA Award competition, “34 29”, is a 30-square-meter painting aiming to develop a better understanding of what houses mean to people and what it means to lose a home. In her artwork, she used a painting technique she developed to better mimic the way people notice things and form visual memories.

The prize for NOBA Award Public Choice 2022 was handed out a few weeks ago to a Lithuanian artist Laura Marija Salkauskiene for her artwork Emptiness and energy II. The award included a 500 euro monetary prize.

NOBA Award 2022 international jury included the dean of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, art historian and curator Sarah Lookofsky, 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, Anne Klontz from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Andris Vītoliņš from Art Academy of Latvia,  Pire Sova, gallerist of Estonian Art Academy, Margus Meinart from Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Ieva Skauronė, rector of Vilnius Academy of Arts, lecturer at Uniarts Helsinki Harri Monni, Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) and, independent curator and former head if exhibitions and the co-curator of Helsinki Biennial 2022 Pirkko Siitari and Andra Orn from NOBA.ac.

Jury meeting in Vilnius

Check out the artworks that attended the competition! https://noba.ac/en/award/

Estonia

Painting

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

Drawing

Moonface  
Excitement  
Home  

Printmaking

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

Sculpture

Wallish intervention XI  
€3000
Giraffa camelopardalis  
€2000
Centurio senex  
€2000
Wallish intervention VI  
€3000
Wallish intervention III  
€3000

Photography

Performative photography See you  
Buffing 2  
Buffing 1  
Buffing 3  

Installation

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

Other

The Gold-spinners  

Video

Feetarehandsarefeet  
Black & White  
The Door  
Lucky to be here  

Mixed media

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

Finland

Painting

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

Printmaking

Map  
€450
Collected View  
€2300

Sculpture

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

Photography

Siblings II  
Siblings III  
Siblings I  

Installation

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

Publication

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

Video

Staircase  
€770
Seize the Moment  
O.  
€4000
Ring  
€770

Mixed media

Wanna play art for the coach  
€500

Latvia

Painting

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

Drawing

impulsa opus (imprinted works)  
€900

Printmaking

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

Sculpture

Sensitive touch  
Retell  
€140
Retell  
€90

Installation

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

Other

Mic Drop  

Mixed media

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

Lithuania

Painting

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

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

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

Other

Meta  
€600
Creation  

Publication

Book: ‘The journey continues. Into the deep’  

Video

I comment, therefore I am  

Mixed media

Love  
€1200
The journey continues. Into the deep  

Street Art

Resurrection of mammoth  

Other

Installation

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

 



  
 
 

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