applause I anita klein ©2000/2023

And then there's the composition. The figures are artfully positioned within
the frame, instructing the viewer's eye-journey, as if planned by a
Renaissance master. Once you realise this, you sense that these modern-day
figures are akin to passers-by who've happened upon a momentous episode in
the life of Christ, as depicted by Masaccio, or Fra Filippo Lippi.

When you hear Klein talk about her practice, you realise this is no
coincidence. She studied fine art at Chelsea and the Slade, and lives
part-time in Tuscany: she is heavily influenced by the work of late-medieval
Italian frescoists.

Understand this, and you get what she's up to: Klein is transposing the
divine onto the everyday. The simple pleasures that make life worthwhile, so
fleeting, so easily forgotten, which constitute the building blocks of
family love. Moments, she points out, that went missing during lockdown.

- Alex Leith, editor of the British Art News - British Art Fair 2022


“No British artist has more thoroughly explored the female experience of family in the
past 30 years than Anita Klein”

- The Guardian 2015

I think the ability to make other people see is a wonderful definition of what art is about,
and the truth of this definition became obvious to me when I visited the private view of
Anita Kleinís new paintings at Eames Fine Art gallery in Bermondsey Street last night.
As an established and highly respected painter and printmaker, Anita Klein has her own
very unique style and voice. Although I was impressed by both the originality of Anita
Kleinís beautiful paintings and prints and by her technical ability this is not what resonated
with me most. It struck me last night when observing Anita Kleinís work that her art is both
the perfect embodiment of someone who is willing to dare greatly and to be vulnerable.
Her ability to help us see the possibility of happiness in lifeís small moments, from enjoying
the simple pleasure of a cup of tea to sharing a tender moment with loved ones, is a
wonderful reminder of what life is really about. The value of realising that happiness is within
everyoneís grasp if only we chose to savour and appreciate what we already have is priceless.
The ability to remind us of this fact is, in my opinion, the real talent of Anita Klein.

- Shona Lockhart, The Happiness Experiment

How refreshing, then, to encounter the art of Anita Klein.
This London based artist understands implicitly that, while art is a product to
be made and traded, it is primarily and most importantly a way of communication
between the artist and the public, a medium for sharing what it means to be alive
and aware. Her work is popular, but never dumbed down, and it is very well made.
Her paintings and prints can be understood at first viewing but, like all good art,
become better known and more satisfying through repeated viewings... What unites
all these works is their honesty, resulting in images that find their place in peoples’
homes and lives, rewarding repeated viewings, and producing delight. That is a rare
gift in the art world.

- Richard Noyce, The India Art Journal. Spring 2012

"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 2008

"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

“This award reflects the emotional insight of Anita Klein in her observation
and understanding of intimate social, family and sexual relationships, and
her glorious ability to bring them to paper. It celebrates her sensual feel
for form, human curves, shapes, moods, the patterns of touch between
friends and friends – and lovers; the flow of their clothes and naked
bodies; and the graceful optimism her paintings release into the world.
They warm the air.”

- Best Artist award UK Fringe, Fringe Report 2007

“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

“A strong, quirkily humorous depiction of quotidian events”

- Nick Andrew, Galleries magazine

“The pictures, which celebrate the small moments of life which often go
unappreciated, are warm, witty and quite delightful”

- Julia Weiner, Jewish Chronicle

“It is quite brave not only to have a subject matter to your painting these days
but also to be fascinated by such ordinary things. There are no desperate
attempts to shock, expose or outrage; simply poignant moments showing the
things which you would most miss if they were taken away from you.”

- Helen Smithson, Ham & High.

“Celebrating oases of joy in the quotidian, Anita Klein builds a personal archive,
brimming with charisma and wit, that can be identified with by everyone.”


“It is nice to have a real humorist recruited to the ranks of gifted painters.
She is to be congratulated on livening up our dreary lives.”

- Guy Burn, Art Review.

“Star of the show for me is the spare, knowing, subversive and comic work of a
young painter called Anita Klein.”

- Godfrey Smith, Sunday Times

“A blithe demonstration of intimacy”

- William Zimmer, New York Times

"She is an artist of extraordinary verve and lyrical touch...These images are
mirrors of a resonant delight in the moment, an exhuberant and infectious love
of life.Unfashionable as it is, Anita Klein’s work actually makes us happy."

- David Carpanini, PRE

“Anita Klein renders the ordinary existence into a celebration of life - mostly
based on her family. Her style is remarkably and unmistakably individual - her
brilliant palette (based on her Australian childhood?), great compositions and
draughtsmanship (hardly to be attributed to the Slade - when she studied there,
figurative art was out of favour) all reveal a highly committed and uncompromising artist.”

- Agi Katz Boundary Gallery London

‘I know she’s got a quirky scale and that the figures are larger than life,’ says
Jenny Groom, owner of a cookery school in Wiltshire, who bought one of Anita
Klein’s oil paintings five years ago, ‘but it just accentuates their personality.
The painting I have is called "Tuesday Evening", and it shows two women sitting
across the table from one another, each holding a glass of wine. You just know
they’ve got rid of their husbands and the kids are in bed and they’re having a
good gossip, and it makes me laugh every time I look at it. She observes the
minutiae of family life - the little things we do that are important to us.
If my house was burning down, this is what I’d save.’

- (Quoted in the Telegraph Magazine 2004 )

 “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 April 2006