Maggie Stein is a Sydney-based printmaker and art educator, specialising in lino printing.
She has carved out a successful teaching career as an art educator within primary, secondary and tertiary educational sectors. In addition, she currently runs private lino printing classes whilst cultivating her artistic practice in a collaborative Marrickville studio space.
Maggie Stein draws inspiration from the intricate architectural details of inner-city Sydney dwellings . "My earliest memories are looking up into the intricate patterns on the ceiling of our family home, the ability to get lost in pattern has stayed with me all my life and provided me with creative nourishment and a world to escape to." She has been recognised for her linoprint depictions of Newtown and continues to create images based around Australian natural and built environments.
Her main medium is lino and her favourite artist tool is her Speedball cutter that allows her to carve beautiful fine lines. She enjoys the expressive marks and permanence of this artistic medium - "Lino printing is all about positive and negative space and there is no going back once you have cut out so that can be a challenge. Working out how I will show texture / pattern is something I really enjoy."
Maggie Stein graduated from the City Art Institute, Sydney in 1987 where she was awarded with the graduating prize for Printmaking. Her other awards include:
Faber-Castell Award for Drawing - 1988
Shortlisted for the International Drawing Biennale - 1989
Manly Warringah prize - 1990