“No British artist has more thoroughly explored the female experience of family in the past 30 years than Anita Klein” – The Guardian
Join Circle Square and internationally renowned painter and printmaker, Anita Klein, for an evening of art and conversation. Anita Klein has spent her artistic career capturing the special but everyday moments in her life which make her feel lucky to be alive: moments which you wouldn’t necessarily take photographs of (especially before we all had cameras on our phones), but the moments we’d miss most if we suddenly lost everything that mattered to us.
Anita’s work used to be filled with the humorous and moving images of the joys, frustrations, and love of bringing up two daughters. When they grew up and left home she had time to concentrate on herself again and spent more time swimming, painting and travelling – this she poured into her work.
In 2015 Anita’s first grandchild, Betty, was born and life changed again…
Anita now is blessed with four beautiful grandchildren and a full and busy family life: A life which is captured beautifully and sensitively in the work she produces.
Anita will discuss how it feels to make her family the focus of her art, exploring all the emotions and life changes they all experience on canvas and through the printing press. Anita will also discuss her printmaking methods – how she creates her beautiful linocuts with plates and stage proofs to talk us through the methods she uses.
As well as hearing Anita’s story, you will also have the opportunity to browse her work and ask her questions. All works will be available to purchase with a 10% discount on the evening for Circle Square members and friends.
Light refreshments and drinks will be served.
About Anita Klein
Anita Klein was born in Sydney, Australia in 1960 and studied at both Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Art, where she was awarded the Henrique Scholarship in 1982 and 1983. In 1985 Anita was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and was later elected their President in 2002. Public collectors of her work include the Arts Council of Great Britain, The British Museum and the V&A, and she has exhibited across Britain, Europe, America, India and Australia, including at the ICA and the Royal Academy in London.
At a time when the art world seems to be full of artists attempting to shock and denigrate, Anita Klein’s intimate, life affirming work comes as a welcome breath of fresh air. Her personal celebrations of everyday living rendered with humour, sensitivity and beauty reveal a joyful delight in the ‘dailiness of life’* (*Mel Gooding, ‘Anita Klein Painter; Printmaker’). Anita’s 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.
Eames Fine Art recently had a forty year retrospective exhibition for Anna Klein, timed to coincide with a new comprehensive book published by ArtBooks Publishing, “Anita Klein | Out of the Ordinary | Forty Years of Printmaking“.