Séraphine Pick

5 June 2010 - 26 September 2010

From spectral dresses, leaky baths and teetering suitcases to the psychologically charged dreamscapes of more recent years, Séraphine Pick’s original and imaginative practice has made her one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded painters. Bringing together a rich and intriguingly diverse selection of paintings and works on paper made between 1994 and 2009, this exhibition traces the effects of Pick’s ongoing interests in memory, identity and imagination.

In a career spanning just over fteen years to date, Pick’s oeuvre accommodates some audacious leaps in both subject matter and style. Enigmatic, captivating and confronting, her work is powered by an unshakeable faith in the ability of images to transport us into other worlds, whether they are those we distantly remember, or those we can only dream about.

Born in Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands in 1964, Pick trained at the University of Canterbury, graduating with a bachelor of ne arts in painting in 1987. She received the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award in 1994 and was selected as the Rita Angus Cottage Artist in Residence the following year. She was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1999. Pick has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand since 1989 and her work is held in private, public and corporate collections.

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