Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist of New Zealand/German descent. She works across drawing, text, digital mediums, sculpture and print, examining incongruities within social and professional structures and the ways people navigate them. Her process of making is iterative, driven by thought experiments, improvisation, and a keen sense of the ludicrous. The results of this practice have been displayed as bead curtains, projections, digital narratives, padded doors, soft-drawings, handmade books, embossed prints and unnameable objects.



Competitions & Awards

2022        Glasgow Visual Artist and Craft Maker Bursary

2021        Creative Scotland Digital Pivot

2019        Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, New Zealand

                Glasgow Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award

2016        West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call, Commendation

2015        Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, New Zealand             

2014        Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize (Student), UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021       Heavy Lifting | GOHAF2021

2019       Quality Sleep, Harmony Life! | Edinburgh Art Festival

               Something to Remember | Elke Finkenauer & Alexis Neal | The Suter Gallery, Nelson

               Members Club | The Booth at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

2018       Something to Remember | Elke Finkenauer & Alexis Neal | Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

2016       Digital Romance | CitizenM, Selected Works, Glasgow

               The colour of your heart | Studio One, Auckland

2015       Awkmo | A collaboration with Natalie Doyle for Glasgow Open House Art Festival

2014       Aesthetica Art Prize | St Mary's York

2013       Draw a Line Somewhere | Sanderson Contemporary Art Project Window, Auckland

Solo Exhibitions

2019        Knock Knock | Featured Artist at Glasgow Print Studio

2018        Priscilla (75) & Friends: a portrait | #24hourwindow, Glasgow

2017        Saturday Safari | Glasgow Project Room                                                     

                trade | online

2016        Approximately Bacon | The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow

2015        escape (!)  in association with El Refri | Govanhill Baths, Glasgow

                Going Spare | Lust and the Apple, Midlothian



2021        The Forest Arts | Edinburgh (Digital Residency)

2018        Hospitalfield Summer Residency | Arbroath


2019        What I see from here | Commissioned by Friends of Garnethiill Green Spaces, Glasgow

2016        Transitional Line | Commissioned by Auckland Council, New Zealand


2015        Master of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

                Gilbert Bayes Postgraduate Scholarship

2013        Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Elam School of Fine Art

                Joe Raynes Scholarship for Painting, Drawing or Design

2008-11   Diploma in Art and Craft, Hungry Creek Art and Craft School