Born 1964, Kawakawa (NZ). Lives and works in Wellington (NZ)
For the past thirty years Séraphine Pick has engaged with figments of memory and explored the body as a site of consciousness in her painting practice. Most recently, she has looked to digital information technologies to decode aspects of universal human experience. Over time her works have evolved from dark and rich tableaus to more expansive works with sinuous lines, pointillist technique and a bright, acidulated palette.
Pick’s work has been the subject of two major survey exhibitions: White Noise, the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (2015) and Tell Me More, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (2009). Recent exhibitions include: Pages of Mercury: Rita Angus, Andrew Beck, Séraphine Pick, City Gallery Wellington (2022) and Coloured Mud with Jaime Jenkins, Michael Lett (2021). Significant solo exhibitions include Looking like someone else, Pataka Musuem, Porirua (2014) and Tell Me More, City Gallery, Wellington (2010). Works by Pick were included in the 1st Auckland Triennial in 2001. In 1999 Pick was a Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin and in 1995 she held the Rita Angus Cottage Residency in Wellington. The Olivia Spencer-Bower Foundation Art Award was awarded to her in 1994. 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.