Deborah Klein was born in Melbourne in 1951. She completed a Bachelor of Arts, Printmaking at Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1984, a Graduate Diploma at Gippsland School of Art, and was awarded a Master of Visual Arts at Monash University in 1997.
Klein has held regular solo exhibitions of her printmaking, painting and drawing since 1987. Her exhibition The Pirate Jenny Prints toured Regional Galleries and Commercial Galleries throughout Australia from 1989 to 1992.
Klein’s work was included in People in a Landscape, a survey exhibition of contemporary Australian prints touring Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and Germany (2000 – 2004). Her work has been selected for many other group exhibitions including Cutting Comments: Contemporary Linocuts, touring Nationally (2000-2001), and Place Made, at the National Gallery of Australia (2004). In 2001 Klein was awarded the Arts Victoria Touring Grant for Common Thread, a joint exhibition with Catherine Pilgrim and Shane Jones, which toured Regional Galleries throughout Australia.
Awards include the Jacaranda Drawing Prize (1996, 1998), Australian Printmedia Award (1996, 1997), Rena Ellen Jones Memorial Print Award (1997, 1998, 1999), Grand Prize: Silk Cut Award (1997), The Shell Art Prize (1998), MLC Acquisitive Award, The Print Council Member Print Commission (1998), and Artist in Residence at the National Gallery of Victoria (1996).
Klein’s work is held in the Collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria (Education Services), Sate Library of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and Regional Galleries and Universities throughout Australia.
Deborah Klein has lectured in Printmaking and Drawing at RMIT University since 1999 and currently lives in Melbourne.
2009 Introduced Species, The Art Vault, Mildura, Vic.
2008 Deborah Klein: Out of the Past 1995-2007 A touring survey show Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum; Art Gallery of Ballarat, Warrnambool Art Gallery and Deakin University Gallery
2007 Forget Me Knots, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Non Portraits, Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide
2004 Tease, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne 2003 Recent Paintings and Drawings, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney; 2000 Private Collection, Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Melbourne 1999 Australian Galleries, Sydney; Solander Gallery, ACT 1998 Australian Galleries, Melbourne Illustrations for The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King, Fremantle Children's Literature Centre, 1997 Drawings and Prints, Solander Gallery, ACT Drawings, Prints, Queen Victoria Building, Melbourne 1996 Recent Prints and Drawings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne 1995 Paintings, Prints, and Drawings, Solander Gallery, ACT 1994 Recent Prints, Swan Hill Gallery of Contemporary Art, Vic Recent prints, Paintings, and Drawings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne 1993 Prints and Drawings, Solander Gallery, ACT 1992 Prints and Drawings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne; The Pirate Jenny Prints (touring) 1990 The Pirate Jenny Prints, (touring) Addendum Gallery, Fremantle, WA; Addendum Gallery, Fremantle, WA; Warrnambool Regional Gallery, Vic1989 The Pirate Jenny Prints: Port Jackson Press, Melbourne; Tynte Gallery, Adelaide, SA; AGOG Gallery, ACT; Hamilton Regional Gallery, Vic., Horsham Regional Gallery, Vic. 1988 Linocuts, Port Jackson Press, Melbourne, Vic. 1987 Linocuts, Tynte Gallery, Adelaide, SA
RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2010 Contemporary Woven Tapestries from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Vic; 2010 Libris Awards, Artspace, Mackay, Qld; Contemporary Drawing 1, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; Snip, Slice, Saw, Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne
2009 The enchanted forest - new gothic storytellers (continuing): Latrobe Regional Gallery;Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery; Dubbo Regional Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW;The Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints, Glen Eira Art Gallery, Vic; Women, Art and Society, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery; Maroondah City Council Art Collection, Maroondahartgallery, Vic; Recent Acquisitions from the Deakin University Art Collection, Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood Campus; Geelong Print Prize, Geelong Gallery, Vic; The 80s, Bendigo Art Gallery, Vic;
2008 Tallis Foundation 2008 National Works On Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Vic; The enchanted forest – new gothic storytellers (touring): Geelong, Bendigo, Shepparton, Morwell and Swan Hill Regional Galleries; Double, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW;
2007 Artists Ink: Printmaking from the Warrnambool Art Gallery Collection, 1970-2001; Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Old Castlemaine Gaol, Vic; Marks and Motifs – Prints from the PCA Collection (continuing)
2006 place made, (touring) Albury Regional Art Gallery, Vic, Geelong Gallery, Vic; Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award; Marks and Motifs – Prints from the PCA Collection, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum;
2005 Shane Jones and Deborah Klein, Penny School Gallery, Maldon, Vic; The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Vic; The Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Castlemaine, Vic; 2004 place made, National Gallery of Australia, ACT; People in a Landscape, (touring): Manningham Art Gallery, Vic; Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne; The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Vic; National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic; Recent Acquisitions, Australian National Gallery, Canberra 2003 Common Thread, touring: Maroondah Art Gallery, Vic, University of Ballarat, Vic, Latrobe University, Bendigo. 2002 People in a Landscape: Contemporary Australian Prints, touring: Philippines, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey; Common Thread, Mass Gallery Melbourne, touring: Castlemaine, Swan Hill and Gippsland Regional Galleries; Miniare, Montreal International Print Biennale, Canada; The Dobell Prize for Drawing, Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Painted Fold, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne 2001 Allure: The Feminine in Print, Maroondah Art Gallery, Vic. 2000 Works on Paper, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea; Australia-Korea Exchange Exhibition of Prints, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne 1999 Luna Park and the Art of Mass Delirium, Museum of Modern Art at Heidi, Vic. 1998 Decalogue – 10 Years of Australian Printmaking 1987-1997, Metropolitan Museum of Seoul, Korea; Paging the Book, Waitakere Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand 1997 Australian Printmedia Awards, Casula Powerhouse, NSW; 1996 The London Artist’s Book Fair, Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London 1995 Figure/Ground, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (SELECTED)
NATIONAL/STATE Art Gallery of South Australia, SA Education Services at National Gallery of Victoria, Vic National Gallery of Australia, ACT Queensland Art Gallery Qld, State Library of Victoria (Latrobe Picture Collection), Vic
REGIONAL Albury Regional Gallery, NSW Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Vic Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW Bendigo Art Gallery, Vic Geelong Art Gallery, Vic Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW Hamilton Regional Art Gallery, Vic Latrobe Regional Gallery, Vic Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tas Sale Regional Gallery, Vic Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery of Contemporary Art, Vic Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Qld Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Vic
OTHER Artbank Australian Print Workshop, Vic Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW City Councils of Banyule, Footscray, Fremantle, St. Kilda, Whitehorse, Diamond Valley, Strathbogie. Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, Tas Duroloid Pty. Ltd. (Australia and Amsterdam) Fremantle Arts Centre WA Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld Latrobe University Art Museum, Vic LaTrobe University, Bendigo, Vic Maroondah Art Gallery, Vic Monash University Vic Print Council of Australia, Vic Private Collections in Australia and overseas Queensland University of Technology, Qld University of Ballarat, Vic University of Tasmania, Hobart University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, NSW