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 where he studies under Ted Roocroft and painter Harry Rutherford.
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.
Key developed his individual style by concentrating on painting and drawing the Whiteley Nab near Glossop. He made numerous pieces of work featuring this one image in order to grow into his own way artistic language and leaving behind the influences of his teachers. From this Nab Period emerged the horses and figures which feautured in his earliest work.
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”.