Geoffrey Key was born in 1941, Manchester, England. After his early education at Manchester’s High School of Art, in 1958 Geoffrey completed a degree and further post graduate studies at the Manchester Regional College of Art. During this period, Geoffrey was tutored by the sculptor Ted Roocroft and the painter Harry Rutherford. Geoffrey gained the National Diploma of Design and the Diploma of Associateship of Manchester; the latter with a distinction which lead to a postgraduate scholarship in sculpture. His academic awards include the Heywood medal in Fine Art and the Guthrie Bond Travelling Scholarship.
Geoffrey’s reputation is internationally recognised as a painter and sculptor of stature and integrity. He has held exhibitions throughout the UK and worldwide with shows in London, Manchester, Cheshire, Bradford and Preston, as well as in Dublin, France, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Australia. His work has been and is exhibited widely and features in important public, corporate and private art collections throughout the world including Salford and Manchester Art Galleries; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Manchester Museum of Science and Industry; North West Arts Board; National Westminster Bank; Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong; Jockey Club of Hong Kong; Societé Roquefort; Chateau de St Ouen and Perrier.
“Key is a leading figure in Northern contemporary art, noted for his realism, his expressive use of bold colour and his graphic, linear style. His striking canvases sit recognisably in the post war British tradition of figurative art. Throughout his career Geoffrey Key has referenced and reinterpreted European Modernism on his own terms. From the late nineties through to the present day he has pursued a clarity of presentation which belies great sophistication. The presence of overlapping and intersecting forms and a gratuitously skewed perspective remind us these are paintings, representations of the real thing. And what wonderful paintings they are!”