Geoffrey Key’s work features in public and private collections across the world, including Hong Kong, France, Australia, America and his adopted home town of Salford.
His one-man shows have been held on four continents and he has been the subject of many articles and interviews.
Key Decades – Exhibition, Book and Film.
14th May – 14th June 2022
As one of Britain’s most popular and distinctive artists, Geoffrey has gone to extreme lengths to cultivate this individual style and has in his recent series ‘Isolated Heads’ painted perhaps the most intensely observed and sensitive psychological record of the pandemic.
Over sixty three years as a professional artist, through a combination of technique, tone and colour Geoffrey Key has produced a body of work that, whilst highly original, creates a feeling of deep joy and timeless quality.
Cheshire Art Gallery are proud to present ‘Key Decades’ Exhibition, the first full retrospective. This major exhibition, which has taken more than three years to curate has uncovered many important works several of which were believed lost. The result is a sensuous taste of Key’s artistic journey that will not only delight but also challenge the orthodox view of Key’s progress as an artist. It will also surprise even his most knowledgeable and avid admirers.
Cheshire Art Gallery: 13 Ack Lane East, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 2BE.
Perhaps the artist who stands out most is Geoffrey Key, who in recent years has attained considerablestature. His robust female forms show a self-confidence, which is compelling.
Lancashire life: Geoffrey Key – Lancashire's Greatest Living Artist
"At his recent London show he says that three pictures were sold to Beijing, three to Moscow & the Who’s Peter Townsend also bought one. ”That was my highlight” he said. Among his contemporaries at art college wereBernie Dwyer of Freddie and the Dreamers and British blues musician John Mayall.“Its my generation” Key says with a twinkle"
Image features: Geoffrey Key at his first solo exhibition in Manchester – 1966
Geoffrey Key movie: Hong Kong exhibition 2000
Geoffrey Key movie: Ten pictures from Hong Kong
"Key combines skill with his innovative and personal language to produce a generosity to form, elegance of movement and richness of colour and tone."
Window, Hong Kong
"Key can make a magical scene in which figures belong to the communal world of each other. They radiate an intimacy which does not come from a direct or literary portrayal."
Sunday Business Post Dublin