Séraphine Pick

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Séraphine Pick, Luna, 2016, oil on linen, 1300 x 1600 mm

Séraphine Pick, Calm the fuck down, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2016

Séraphine Pick, Buffallo Commune, 2016, oil on paper, 500 x 700 cm

Séraphine Pick, Freaks, 2015, oil on canvas, 2000 x 1600mm

Séraphine Pick, White Noise, Installation view, The Dowse, 2015

Séraphine Pick, Superstar, 2015, oil on linen, 1650 x 2000 mm

Séraphine Pick, Yellow Pile Up, 2013, oil on linen, 400 x 500 mm

Séraphine Pick, Wankered Again, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2013

Séraphine Pick, Decorated Portrait, 2013, oil on board, 400 x 500 mm

Seraphine Pick, Everything Old is New Again, 2011, oil on linen, 2500 x 5400 mm

Seraphine Pick, Wandering Rose, 2008, oil on linen, 2000 x 1600 mm

Seraphine Pick, Girl (With Offered Eyes), 2004, oil on canvas, 1800 x 1200 mm

Séraphine Pick, Calm the fuck down, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2016

Séraphine Pick, Freaks, 2015, oil on canvas, 2000 x 1600mm

Séraphine Pick, Superstar, 2015, oil on linen, 1650 x 2000 mm

Séraphine Pick, Wankered Again, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2013

Seraphine Pick, Everything Old is New Again, 2011, oil on linen, 2500 x 5400 mm

Seraphine Pick, Girl (With Offered Eyes), 2004, oil on canvas, 1800 x 1200 mm

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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.

 
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Séraphine Pick, Luna, 2016, oil on linen, 1300 x 1600 mm

Séraphine Pick, Calm the fuck down, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2016

Séraphine Pick, Buffallo Commune, 2016, oil on paper, 500 x 700 cm

Séraphine Pick, Freaks, 2015, oil on canvas, 2000 x 1600mm

Séraphine Pick, White Noise, Installation view, The Dowse, 2015

Séraphine Pick, Superstar, 2015, oil on linen, 1650 x 2000 mm

Séraphine Pick, Yellow Pile Up, 2013, oil on linen, 400 x 500 mm

Séraphine Pick, Wankered Again, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2013

Séraphine Pick, Decorated Portrait, 2013, oil on board, 400 x 500 mm

Seraphine Pick, Everything Old is New Again, 2011, oil on linen, 2500 x 5400 mm

Seraphine Pick, Wandering Rose, 2008, oil on linen, 2000 x 1600 mm

Seraphine Pick, Girl (With Offered Eyes), 2004, oil on canvas, 1800 x 1200 mm