Deborah Klein, was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in the coastal suburb of St Kilda. From 1973 she lived and worked in London, returning to Melbourne in 1980. Although she still retains a base there, her art practice has been centred primarily in Ballarat since 2011.
The artist gained degree and post-degree qualifications from Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Gippsland School of Advanced Education and a Research MA from Monash University, Gippsland.
Since 1987 she has held regular solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. In 2008 the survey show Deborah Klein: Out of the Past 1995-2007 toured to Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Deakin University Art Gallery, Victoria.
Although Klein's reputation was initially founded on her relief prints, including The Pirate Jenny Prints (1989) and the Film Noir and Tattooed Faces and Figures series (1995 - 1997) her practice gradually expanded to encompass painting, drawing and artist's books. Printmaking, however, remains a major component of her work.
In 1996 Klein was commissioned to illustrate the children’s picture book The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King by Nadia Wheatley, published by Scholastic Australia. In 2009 she founded Moth Woman Press, through which she publishes her zines and limited edition books, beginning with There was once… The collected fairy tales, a small anthology of thirteen original stories illustrated with her prints, paintings and drawings.
Other activities have included teaching at RMIT University in the Printmaking Department (1999-2001, 2003-2007) and the Drawing Department (2004-2008).
Her work has received numerous awards, including the Grand Prize, Silk Cut Award for Linocut Printmaking, and
is represented in public and university collections throughout Australia.
Art blog: http://deborahklein.blogspot.com/
Book blog: http://mothwomanpress.blogspot.com/