Tagsmart weekly discovery: Anita Klein’s celebration of the ‘dailiness of life’

Born in Sydney, Anita Klein studied at both Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Art, where she was awarded the Henrique Scholarship in 1982 and 1983 and gained BA (Hons) in Fine Art and an MA in printmaking. In 1985, Klein was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.

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Her intimate, life affirming work comes as a welcome breath of fresh air. There are no desperate attempts to shock, expose or outrage. Klein’s personal celebrations of everyday living are rendered with humour, sensitivity and beauty, revealing a joyful delight in the ‘dailiness of life’.  

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Her art is an archive of personal moments that everyone can identify with. Witty, charismatic, warm and poignant, she is one of Britain’s finest and most prominent artists and printmakers of the 21st century. Through her beautiful and confident use of line and space, she creates images and memories which are universally understood.

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Klein has exhibited across Europe, America, India and Australia, including at the ICA and the Royal Academy of Arts, and has received numerous awards and commissions. She was the President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers from 2003 to 2006 and her work is featured in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council, The British Museum and University of London.

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Her current exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art presents recent works featuring her grandchildren, angels and paintings she created in her studio in Italy. On Saturday, September 30, Klein will be holding a talk at the gallery from 2 pm about her practice and inspirations behind her work.

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The exhibition will be held until October 1. Admission is free, but due to limited space in the gallery please register for the talk here.