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.
Geoffrey Key attended the local primary and junior schools. While there, his aptitude for art was soon recognised. In 1954, he sat the entrance exam for the Manchester High School of Art, where he went on to become a pupil. The school, which was in the shadow of the imposing Strangeways Prison tower, has long since been demolished.
In 1958, Geoffrey Key entered the Regional College of Art to study for a DA in painting. While here, he studied under distinguished painters, draughtsmen and sculptors, most notably the late Harry Rutherford.
Image: Harry Rutherford
Harry Rutherford is regarded as one of the most important painters of the Northern School, a group led by LS Lowry that depicted the post-industrial changes around the North West. Rutherford had been taught by Walter Sickert, who in turn had trained under Edgar Degas.
Artist at work: Geoff Key 2019