Egle Jauncems, 31, has become the first recipient of Hockney’s scholarship, worth about £40,000, after the British artist chose her from among four students nominated by the RCA.
She recently met Hockney in Los Angeles. “Realising I was in his studio having a conversation about different artistic experiences and practices felt rather surreal,” said Jauncems, who has a BA in Sinology from Vilnius University and is now studying for her MA.
Her work includes the use of acrylics and pastels on canvases that have been hand-woven with rough string and fine organic silk.
Bradford-born Hockney studied at the RCA between 1959 and 1962. His works, including portraits and pop art paintings of swimming pools, sell for millions of pounds and he is also known for his innovative use of modern technology.
We are a kind and generous lot us folk here in Yorkshire, and always willing to support our Lithuanian friends and colleagues.