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Anita Klein

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About the artist: Anita Klein spent her early years in Australia then came with her mother to England. Always attracted to art, she enrolled when eighteen 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 paintings 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. Thus, her own timeless image, in many ways used as an “everywoman motif” became a signature of her paintings, prints and linocuts.
In Anita’s latest works her daughters Maia and Leila and their children Betty, Sacha and Lois often form central subject matter – three family generations!
Anita’s paintings seem at first glance simple constructs, but it is her special ability to capture a small family moment with such a carefully considered composition, bold clean colours and brilliant brushwork with echoes of early renaissance greats which makes her work “jump off the wall.” Her paintings generate long term pleasure amongst her large and growing band of enthusiasts and collectors.
Her success is now truly international. She divides her time between her studios in Umbria and Bermondsey. She is a Fellow and past president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, exhibits frequently at the RA Summer Exhibition and sees Marine House as her centre in the west of England.