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Deborah Klein was born in 1951. Her work has been exhibited widely locally and internationally and is represented in numerous public and private collections. She holds a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) from Monash University, Gippsland.
Klein’s immaculately coiffed women are as exquisitely decorative, and as perfectly still, as the butterflies that accompany them. As though pinned by a spell these repressed Rapunzels dare not let down their hair, trapped by manners and social status, coveted and collected in ivory towers.
The iconography within Klein’s new works for The enchanted forest: new gothic storytellers will be derived from the insect world, utilising a range of luminous, jewel-like colours.
''Deborah Klein began exhibiting in Australia in 1987 and is nationally renowned for her figurative works of anonymous female subjects. Klein’s powerful, engaging and sophisticated visual language works within a post-feminist framework, and pays homage to fictional women and their creative histories. The artist’s enigmatic female subjects dominate, evoking a nostalgia for the past and a feminine strength and allure. Klein is a significant Australian artist with a unique artistic vision, whose intriguing and mysterious works tease and confront the viewer, inviting contemplation of a private, secretive and veiled interior world.''
Excerpt from Deborah Klein, Out Of The Past 1995-2007, by Diane Soumilas, 2008
''Deborah Klein was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, but lived and worked in London for several formative years during the 1970s. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking, a Graduate Diploma in Printmaking and a Master of Arts, Visual Arts. Since 1988 Deborah has held regular solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows in Australia and overseas. In 2008 the Survey Exhibition 'Deborah Klein - Out of the Past 1995 - 2007', toured regional art galleries in Victoria. Klein has been the recipient of many awards including the Rena Ellen Jones Memorial Print Award in1998 and 1999, and the Grand Prize in the 1997 Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints. Deborah was Printmaker in Residence at RMIT TAFE, Melbourne, 2006/07; Artist in Residence, National Gallery of Victoria, 1996; and in 1993 she was granted an Australia Council Visual Arts Board Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Deborah Klein’s work has been acquired for public and university collections throughout Australia, including the Australian National Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the State Library of Victoria (La Trobe Picture Collection). Other activities include teaching at RMIT University, Melbourne in the Printmaking Department (1999-2005) and the Drawing Department (2004-2008).''