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.