Anita Klein | Biography


Anita Klein studied at Chelsea and the Slade schools of art. She works in London and Anghiari, Italy and has exhibited her prints and paintings extensively in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. In 2003 she was elected president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and she has work in many private and public collections including the Arts Council England and the British Museum.

Anita’s work celebrates the small domestic moments we all share. She says that these everyday events are what she would miss most “if it all was taken away”. While family photo albums record our lives as one long round of birthdays and holidays, the very moments we should most value are almost always ignored and forgotten.

Anita’s father’s family were Hungarian Jewish refugees from war torn Europe who lost everything, including family members, apart from their lives, therefore she grew up with a very strong awareness that made her realize how lucky she was. Anita Klein believes that there is too little respect for the art of happiness and shares her graceful optimism through her art.



“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, The Times, London

“At a time when the art world seems to be full of artists attempting to shock and denigrate, Klein’s intimate, life affirming work comes as a welcome breath of fresh air. Her works convey a unique pleasure in the everyday moments that make life special”. Vincent Eames, The Fine Art Partnership

“A blithe demonstration of intimacy” – William Zimmer, New York Times

“Anita Klein is one of the finest and most collected printmakers working in Britain today. Her art is witty, charismatic, warm and poignant; an archive of personal moments that everyone can identify with.” Latest 7 Magazine

“Those values of disegno – line and division, pure colour planes, formal pattern and interval – are those of the great mural painting of the early renaissance – the art of Giotto, Piero della Francesco and Masaccio – that Klein reveres above all others, and to which she has paid the closest attention. Like theirs, hers is an art of stillness, of action caught and suspended in the transfiguring moment…. These are the elements of abstract style, the components of the formal economy to which I referred at the outset. They are to be found …in the quattrocento modernism that placed such revolutionary value upon the depiction of ordinary men and women in extraordinary circumstances, conferring dignity upon them by abstract formalities of figuration and placement. Klein puts these grand principles of ‘artistic style’ to work in the transformation of the South London quotidian, creating out of household events and holiday pleasures images of a resonant contemporary myth of love.” – Mel Gooding









Anita Klein

Born 1960 Sydney, Australia

1978-9 Foundation Course, Chelsea School of Art, London

1979-83 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Slade School of Art, London

1983-5 MA (Higher Diploma) Printmaking, Slade School of Art, London

1992 Elected Associate of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

1995 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

2003-6 President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers



2012 The Fine Art Partnership London – Linocuts

Marine House at Beer, Devon – paintings and prints

Oriel Wrecsam Gallery, Wales – prints

The Story Museum Oxford – mural and paintings

The Royal College of Music London – backdrop, paintings and prints

2011 The Fine Art Partnership and Bankside Gallery London – “Through the Looking Glass” paintings and prints

2010 Advanced Graphics London – “Un Altro Mondo” paintings and prints

The Fine Art Partnership London – “Uccelli” paintings and prints

2009 Boundary Gallery London – paintings

Bankside Gallery London – paintings “Italian Angels”

2008 Advanced Graphics London – new monoprints

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Gallery – new prints

Fine Art Partnership Sussex – paintings drawings & prints

2007 Royal Commonwealth Club, London – Australian paintings

2007 The Fine Art Partnership, Nottingham – paintings, drawings and prints

2006 Boundary Gallery, London – small oils and watercolours

Bankside Gallery, London – new paintings & prints

Advanced Graphics, London – new monoprints

2005 Greek Printmakers Gallery, Athens, Greece -prints

2004 Advanced Graphics, London – “Ordinary Miracles” prints

Boundary Gallery, London – paintings, drawings and watercolours

2003 Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne, Australia – paintings

2002 Advanced Graphics London –retrospective exhibition of prints; “20 Years of Printmaking”

Boundary gallery, London – paintings, drawings and watercolours

2001 Boundary Gallery, London – paintings, drawings, watercolours and ceramics

2000 Cambridge Contemporary Art – paintings and prints

Port Jackson Press, Melbourne, Australia – prints

1999 Pyramid Gallery, York – prints and ceramics

Port Jackson Press, Melbourne, Australia – prints

Old Town Gallery, Tustin, California, USA – prints

1998 Cambridge Contemporary Art – paintings and prints

Beaux Arts, Bath – paintings

1997 Leeds City Art Gallery, the Craft & Design Centre – prints

1996 Beaux Arts, Bath – paintings

Cambridge Contemporary Art – paintings and prints

1995 Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury – 2 person show of prints with Paula Rego

European Art Fair, Ghent, with Beaux Arts – paintings

1994 Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – paintings

1993 Woodlands Art Gallery, London – paintings and prints

1992 Royal Pavillion Contemporary Gallery, Brighton – paintings and prints

Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – prints

1991 Wilson Hale, London – paintings and prints

1990 Tall House Gallery, London – prints

Printworks, Colchester – paintings and prints

1987 Leigh Gallery, London – prints

1986 Creaser Gallery, London – paintings and prints


Hayward Gallery (British Drawing), Royal Academy of Arts, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Blond Fine Art, Contemporary Arts Society, Christies, Discerning Eye Exhibition London, Hunting Art Prizes, Cleveland Drawing Biennale, Glasgow Print Studio, London Art Fair, Barbican Concourse Gallery London,

20/21 British Art Fair, Art London, National Print Exhibition London,

International Federation of Print Dealers, The Armoury, New York.


2007 Best Artist, London Fringe – Fringe Report.

2006 Artist in Residence, Bundanon (Arthur Boyd Foundation), Australia

2003 University of Wales Purchase Prize, National Print Exhibition, London

1995 John Purcell Award, National Print Exhibition, London

1991 John Purcell Award for an outstanding print, Bankside Open

1984 Joseph Webb Award, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

1982 & 1983 Henrique Scholarship, Slade School of Art


2011 “Through the Looking Glass” monograph published by Five Leaves Pubs. UK

2010 “Uccelli” boxed set of woodcuts published by The Fine Art Partnership London

2009 “Italian Angels” monograph published by Five leaves Pubs. UK with introduction by Maia Swift

2006 “Anita Klein Painter Printmaker” monograph published by Five Leaves Pubs. UK with introduction by Mel Gooding

2004 “Ordinary Miracles” boxed set of screenprints with woodblock published by Advanced Graphics London

1998/9/2000/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 woodblock/screenprints published by Advanced Graphics,London

1997/8 etchings published by CCA Galleries, London


British Museum, Arts Council England, British Library, University of Wales Aberystwyth, University College London, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Paintings in Hospitals permanent collection, Leicestershire Education Authority, Freshfields London, Arthur Boyd Collection Australia, Borchard Collection of 20th Century Self Portraits


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