Anita Klein is an Australian painter and printmaker who has supported Paintings in Hospitals for many years. Here, we dive into the artworks she so kindly donated to our collection and tell you a little about the artist herself.

Anita has contributed many works to the Paintings in Hospitals collection but has also donated artworks and studio visits on several occasions to help our charity raise funds at auction. You may also recognise her work Spring which features on our new Friends tote bag.

Anita Klein, Spring, 2018. Featured on our Friends luxury shopper.

Anita was born in Sydney, Australia, and moved to England aged 11. That is when she started making pavement art on the streets of London, using the profits to help support her family. She studied at both Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Art. She was awarded the Henrique Scholarship twice.

Anita Klein, The Cockatoo, 2008Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

Anita is a Fellow and elected Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1992 and she served as the society’s President from 2003 to 2006. Her work is held in public collections such as the British Museum and Arts Council England.

Anita Klein, A Night on the Farm, 1995Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

Anita’s paintings are household, everyday scenes from her life. Her first prints as a young mother were of herself and her daughter Maia. They remain about the same cast of family characters – daughters Maia and Leila, a few girlfriends, and her husband Nigel. Now, years later, she paints Maia and her daughter, Anita’s grandchild.

Anita Klein, Watching Holby City with Leila. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

“Generally the pictures are confined to intimate day-to-day life so unless I am actually sharing a kitchen and bathroom with someone, they don’t feature.”

Anita’s work is strikingly personal, often colourful, and witty. Her artworks in the Paintings in Hospitals collection are exceptionally popular among our health and social care partners and almost constantly chosen to go on public display.

If you’d like to get your hands on one of our tote bags featuring Anita Klein’s Spring, as well as a number of other benefits, join our Friends membership scheme! For more information, click here.