Elena Papanikolakis works across painting, collage, drawing and photography. Her recent work explores found material, personal and cultural narratives and abstraction.
Papanikolakis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) Honours (First Class) from the Australian National University School of Art and has exhibited in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Launceston. Papanikolakis has been a finalist in various prizes including the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Art on Paper Award and the Fishers Ghost Art Prize at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Papanikolakis was an artist in residence at Parramatta Artist Studios from 2014-2016. In 2016 Papanikolakis was awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Paris Studio and was also the recipient of the 2016 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship.
In 2017 Papanikolakis undertook a three month-residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and presented a new body of work as part of Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Forthcoming exhibitions include: Parting Words, Verge Gallery 24 May - 30 June; New Sacred, Mosman Art Gallery, 14 July-16 September; National Works on Paper Prize, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 20 July- 19 September; and Painting Amongst Other Things, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra 10 August-1 September.