Anita Klein was born in Australia in 1960 and spent her early childhood there before moving to England with her mother. Always attracted to art, she enrolled at the Chelsea College of Fine Art followed by The Slade School of Fine Art.
By her early twenties she was married to Nige, a fellow painter and art student at the Slade and a frequent presence in many of her painti...ngs and prints. She was also pregnant and decided to stay at home with her children, finding that this co-existed well with her desire to paint and make prints.
It soon became clear that she was destined to use small seemingly unimportant, often intimate moments in the evolution of her family life as the dominant driver for her work. "I want to celebrate the small moments we all tend to overlook. They're the really important things."
Her hand-made etchings, drypoints, aquatints, screenprints and lithographs depict the various activities and relationships of her family members. These depictions are often gently humorous. Through her beautiful and confident use of line and space she creates images and memories which are universally understood. Her own image, in many ways used as an “everywoman motif” became a signature of her paintings, prints and linocuts.
Anita’s work may seem at first glance simple, but fantastic composition, bold clean colours and brilliant brushwork makes her work 'jump off the wall.' “Ravel said he wanted his music to be complex, but not complicated. Anita Klein might say the same of her art. There is a grand simplicity to her works, but that is not the same as saying they lack subtlety and ambiguity. On the contrary, they have the sort of unselfconscious directness that comes from living and breathing art for so long that it becomes second nature” - John Russell Taylor
She has received numerous awards and commissions including the Joseph Webb Award, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (1984), the John Purcell Award, Bankside Open (1991) and the John Purcell Award, National Print Exhibition, National Gallery (1995).
She is a fellow and past president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) and her work is collected internationally. You can find Anita's paintings and prints as part of permanent collections at the British Museum, the British Library and the V&A Museum in London.
She now divides her time between studios in London and Anghiari, Italy.