Unsettling and illusory, Séraphine Pick’s paintings amalgamate theatre, memory and fantasy. Spaces are activated by bleary erasures or darkness, creating an ambiguity that leaves room for the viewer’s narrative imagination to take flight. Figures sourced from the internet, photos or popular magazines often float amidst layers of paint to form psychologically-charged dreamscapes realized in a style that influenced by pre-Renaissance painting and Surrealism.
Séraphine Pick was born in Kawakawa, Bay of Islands, in 1964. Pick graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 1987 and gained a Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch College of Education in 1991. In 1994 she received the Olivia Spencer-Bower Foundation Art Award, followed in 1995 by the Rita Angus Cottage Residency in Wellington. In 1999 she was a Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin. She has received grants from the Arts Council of New Zealand (1995) and its successor Creative New Zealand (1997). From 1997-1998 Pick lectured in painting at Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland.
Séraphine Pick currently lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand.