Born in Sydney, Australia, Anita Klein is a multidisciplinary artist who moved to England at 11. Klein began her studies at Chelsea School of Art and later received degrees in Fine Arts and Printmaking from Slade School of Art between 1979 and 1985. Klein's first exhibition took place a year later at Creaser Gallery in London. Klein has since exhibited her works in galleries around the world including the Old Town Gallery in California, U.S.A, Helen Gory Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, the Greek Printmakers Gallery in Athens, Greece and Gallery Blǻ in Linköping, Sweden. In recent years, Klein has been represented by Eames Fine Art, where she has shown her work extensively.
Klein's work is held in numerous public collections across the globe, including those of Arts Council England, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Jiangsu Museum in China and Bundanon Trust in Australia. Klein's Self-Portrait (2007) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2011.
Klein was elected as an Associate of the Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1992, Fellow in 1995 and served as President of the Society from 2003 to 2006. Most recently, Klein was awarded Printmaker of the Year at the 2020 Printfest International festival of Printing.
Klein is best known for her paintings and prints but has also explored the realm of glasswork with her stained glass Italian Angels series. With her bold and expressive style, Klein breathes colourful life into her depictions of everyday life. Through her confident use of line and space, Klein creates gently humorous scenes of women and family units, often partially submerged in bodies of water or engaged in fleeting moments of domesticity. As critic John Russell Taylor has said of Klein's art: 'There is a grand simplicity to her works, but that is not the same as saying that 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'.
Klein's Self-Portrait in watercolour and gouache exemplifies the exquisite simplicity John Russell Taylor identified in her work. Klein's fluid lines and delicate application of watercolour wash breathe great vibrancy and life into her self-depiction.