Xavier Pick

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Xavier Pick (born 1972) is a British artist, perhaps best known for the sketches, photographs and film footage from the time he spent with the British Army in Iraq.


Pick was born in York, England in 1972. He was brought up in Yorkshire and attended Pocklington School. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art. He has won critical acclaim for his visual story telling. He produces thousands of sketches to produce impressive large multi-media art works that tell a story, whether it be the Iraq war, London life or corporate life.

In 2008, he was chosen to be an official war artist in Iraq[1][2] Xavier Pick was also the resident artist of the Sanctum Hotel, Soho, London.[3] [4]

War Artist[edit]

Xavier Pick joined the British Army's 20th Armoured Brigade (The Iron Fist) in southern Iraq in 2008 and 2009 to record the final weeks of Operation Telic.[5] He was given 24-hour access to the Army over a 6-week period; in his own words he set out "trying to understand what we were doing for the Iraqi people". He joined the Army in their building of schools, hospitals and transport links. Xavier Pick produced sketches, photographs and film footage.[6]


  1. ^ General Andy Salmon of the British Armed forces sponsored Xavier Pick to go out to Iraq with Operation Telic 12 & 13
  2. ^ Sunday Times April 26th Drawn to Danger
  3. ^ http://www.sanctumsoho.com
  4. ^ BBC Rock n Roll Hotel
  5. ^ "Drawing Down" Soldier Magazine, February 2009
  6. ^ "York artist Xavier Pick to feature in BBC documentary" The Press, 8 November 2010, retrieved on 27 May 2011.

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