Seraphine Pick

Séraphine Pick's original and imaginative practice has made her one of New Zealand's most highly regarded painters. Having emerged at the beginning of the 1990s in association with the 'Pencilcase Painters', a group of Ilam graduates, Pick’s career has evolved alongside a significant shift in the way we create, share and consume images. Often turning to the internet for source imagery in an attempt to study the nature of human behaviour, Pick is drawn to subjects in states of ambiguity, transfiguration and transcendence. Working primarily in oils and watercolours, Pick has become known for her particular brand of off-beat and hazy surrealism, combining atmospheric dreamscapes with conventions of traditional portraiture.

Pick has been the subject of two major survey exhibitions, Séraphine Pick: Tell Me More, organised and toured by the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (2009–10); and White Noise, at the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (2015). In 1994, Pick 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. Pick's paintings are represented in significant public collections including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.