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Seraphine Pick

untitled

1995
oil on canvas
380mm x 380mm

signed Pick and dated 95 in brushpoint lower right

Provenance

Private collection, New Plymouth.

Essay

In 2009, a little before Séraphine Pick started work on the paintings that would make up the 2015 exhibition White Noise, Felicity Milburn wrote, “For an artist whos...

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Estimate $3,000 - $6,000

Séraphine Pick

untitled

2000

oil on canvas

signed Seraphine Pick and dated 00 in brushpoint lower right

455mm x 610mm

Auction N˚7

Estimate $7,500 - $12,500

Footnotes
  1. Felicity Milburn, ‘Tell Me More,’ Séraphine Pick. Christchurch: Christchurch Art Gallery, 2009. p. 11.
  2. Allan Smith, ‘Guten Morgen/Gute Natcht,’ ibid. p. 53.
  3. Felicity Milburn, ibid. p. 17.
  4. Felicity Milburn, ibid. p. 11.
  5. Standing Room Only, ‘Séraphine Pick.’ Radio New Zealand, 21 June 2015.

Fantastic Reality

by Balamohan Shingade

In 2009, a little before Séraphine Pick started work on the paintings that would make up the 2015 exhibition White Noise, Felicity Milburn wrote, “For an artist whose career has so far spanned just over fifteen years, Séraphine Pick’s oeuvre accommodates some audacious leaps in subject matter and style. Never one to play it safe, she continuously reinvents her practice, always chasing down new directions—their sense often only becoming clear a few years down the track.”¹

My first experience of Pick’s practice was at the exhibition White Noise. Euphoric figures dominated the gallery, with picture planes peopled by rollicking hippies, slumbering drunks, masked societies, bearded and bare-bottomed men, and vaguely threatening hoodlums. Curated by Sian van Dyk in 2015 for The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, the exhibition presented fabulous paintings produced in the five-year period between 2010–15.