Geoffrey Key’s acclaimed career as an artist spans five decades thus far. He has built upon his early academic studies at the High School of Art and Regional College of Art in Manchester to achieve an important national and international status and reputation for his individual and diligent expression of form, light and colour. His work features in private, public and corporate collections worldwide including Salford and Manchester Art Galleries, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Jockey Club of Hong Kong, Societe Roquefort, Chateau de St Ouen and Perrier.
He has represented the UK in invited exhibitions in Europe and continues to be widely exhibited and collected; in recent times one-man shows have taken place across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. His work has also been the subject of a number of published books and articles. Geoffrey Key was born in Manchester in 1941. His early education was at Manchester’s High School of Art and then in 1958 at Manchester Regional College of Art.
Here he gained the National Diploma of Design and the Diploma of Associateship of Manchester. The latter with distinction leading to a postgraduate scholarship in sculpture.
His academic awards include the Heywood Medal in Fine Art, the Guthrie Bond Travelling Scholarship, First prize at the Manchester Academy and First prize at the Leek Arts Festival in 1992.
During his career he has exhibited widely and his work features in important public, corporate and private art collections throughout the world.
In praise of his work, American Club News, (Hong Kong) wrote:
“First impressions of Geoffrey Key’s work reveal confidence, dedication, purpose and sincerity. More exciting than Braque and placing Picasso in time perspective, he conveys a classical quality with no question of imitation. His images are uncompromisingly commanding and he has a penetrating vision, which allows him to strip away the facades and expose the true meaning of his subject”.
There are now 2 books available about Geoffrey and his work, including “Geoffrey Key – Twentieth Century Drawings”, and “Clowns”, which covers a single unique series of paintings from the summer of 2001, originating in Key’s themes of jesters, musicians and dancers.
In June 2004, “LivingEdge” magazine, which deals with life and style in the North West, published an illustrated article on the subject of Geoffrey Key and his work.