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.
Perhaps we should not be surprised at the way Geoffrey Key continues to astonish us; however, there is certainly something very different about the Goth series. Something immediately apparent at even the most cursory initial glimpse. Such a snatched vision reveals a darker, more sombre tone from the one to which we have become accustomed but is counterpointed by splashes of some of the brightest colour Geoffrey has employed. The effect is instantly captivating and highly distinctive. This is indeed something rich and new.
A longer more considered look does nothing to diminish this first optical blast, rather it detects considerable depths and reference points to some of Key’s earlier major series. To understand the genesis of this series we need to look back to a chance encounter Geoffrey experienced while inspecting the contents of a bric-a-brac market in Derby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Infinite Jest: Artist Geoffrey Key
then nothing will, and you will be missing a big slice of life.”
Xanthos sculptor: Bronze 1980