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. She has been based in Ballarat since 2011.
Beginning in 1987, Deborah 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 the artist’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 has expanded to encompass painting, drawing, archival pigment prints and artist's books.
In 2009 Deborah founded Moth Woman Press, through which she publishes her zines and limited-edition books, including There was once… The collected fairy tales, an anthology of thirteen original stories illustrated with her prints, paintings and drawings and Fallen Women, a tale of the Victorian Goldfields illustrated with her archival pigment prints.
In 2017 Deborah’s artist book Leaves of Absence, which began life as a Goldfields Printmakers project, was acquired by Monash University Library and in 2018 by the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Athenaeum Library and the National Gallery of Australia.
Other activities have included teaching at RMIT University in the Printmaking Department (1999-2001, 2003-2007) and the Drawing Department (2004-2008).
Deborah’s work has received numerous awards, including the Grand Prize, Silk Cut Award for Linocut Printmaking, and is represented in public, corporate and university collections throughout Australia.
Art blog: http://deborahklein.blogspot.com/
Book blog: http://mothwomanpress.blogspot.com/
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