Geoffrey Key is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most important contemporary artists. His strong, dynamic figures and dreamlike compositions have earned him many admirers. As a result, his paintings can be found in galleries and collections around the world.
Key was elected to membership of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 1968 and went on to become a prize winner in 1971. His career as an artist now spans six decades.
Exploring the public collection of Geoffrey Key artworks
Salford Museum and Art Gallery: May 28th – April 30th 2023
The Exploring the Collection exhibition, showcases the work of three Salford artists – Geoffrey Key, L.S. Lowry and Harold Riley. They have been selected to represent the artists’ connection to the Salford collection, whilst also reflecting the strong collection of 20th century British artists held at Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
Geoffrey Key is a prolific artist and Salford Art Gallery have many works in the collection dated mainly from the 1960s and 70s. A selection of Several of Geoffrey’s works are on display and he has also chosen works by other artists in the Salford collection to display alongside his work.
Published: 6th May 2022
• 172 pages – hardback
• Fully illustrated
• Limited to only 500 copies
• Hand signed by Geoffrey Key
The ‘Key Decades’ book is the first full retrospective, enabling a comprehensive appreciation of the most arresting aspects of Geoffrey Key’s artistic journey: The continuous development of his distinctive style through line, tone and colour, his interpretation of a particular subject, a single topic which he paints in series, and his constant circling back to re-invent previous themes. However, ‘caveat emptor’, the journey is far from over.
Key Decades – Life & Art of Geoffrey Key
Geoffrey Key visits his inspirational Whiteley Nab hill as part of a feature documentary written and directed by Gaius Brown & Nick Brown.
The great artist in his studio putting the finishing touches to another masterpiece.
In the first fourteen weeks of the coronavirus lockdown, Geoffrey Key painted thirty heads. His exploration of isolation considers the affects of being totally alone, capturing private moments of desperation.
This extraordinary series of paintings is a lasting record of what we all went through, distilled on thirty faces that represent so many more.
Art with Heart
In the first fourteen weeks of the coronavirus lockdown, Geoffrey Key painted thirty heads. His exploration of isolation considers the effects of being totally alone, capturing private moments of desperation.
Striking, Surreal Compositions
Geoffrey Key is best known for his bold use of colour, fine draughtsmanship and strong imagination. His masterly use of form, texture, light and colour brings distinctive character to his artworks.
Movement and rhythm, space and depth, growth and structure, harmony and contrast, noise and calm… his paintings reverberate with these qualities.
Infinite Jest: Artist Geoffrey Key
then nothing will, and you will be missing a big slice of life.”
Xanthos sculptor: Bronze 1980