Séraphine Pick

Kawakawa, New Zealand, b.1964

Séraphine Pick studied art in Christchurch, receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Canterbury in 1987 and a Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education four years later, in 1991. In 1994 she travelled to Europe, the USA and the UK on a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Travel Grant, in 1995 was the Rita Angus Cottage Artist in Residence, and in 1999 was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago. Pick lectured at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland for two years from 1997-8.

Early in her career, Pick was often described as a “pencil-case painter,” alongside fellow Christchurch artists Shane Cotton, Tony de Lautour, Peter Robinson, Saskia Leek and Bill Hammond. This description referred to the drawing-based DIY aesthetic shared by these artists, who collectively represented a movement back towards figuration, a rejection of overly-academic art practice and an embrace of popular culture. Pick has continued to develop and progress her figurative practice over the years, developing a body of work that blends surrealist and naïve influences with portraiture and allegory. Pick’s work has a dreamlike quality, due to her freewheeling approach to subject matter and composition.

Pick’s work is held in a number of private and public collections, including the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, the Chistchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, the Chartwell Trust Collection, the Univeristy of Auckland and the University of Canterbury.

Essays
Auction Results

untitled

1994-1995

oil on canvas, diptych

1680mm x 1215mm; 1680mm x 1215mm

Estimate $55,000 - $75,000

untitled

1995

oil on canvas

380mm x 380mm

Achieved $3,603.75

untitled

1995

oil on canvas

380mm x 380mm

Estimate $3,000 - $6,000

Glamour Wounds

2004

oil on canvas

375mm x 560mm

Estimate $4,500 - $6,500

untitled

2000

oil on canvas

455mm x 610mm

Estimate $7,500 - $12,500

untitled

2003

watercolour on paper

780mm x 530mm

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000

City Head

1998

oil on canvasboard (7 panels)

180mm x 120mm (each panel)

Achieved $6,006.25