Limited Edition of 500 Copies
Signed by Geoffrey Key
Between March and June 2020 Geoffrey Key painted an extraordinary series of thirty heads while self-isolating.
The Isolated Heads book looks back over Geoffrey’s life as an artist and examine how he developed the highly individual style that enabled him to paint this remarkable record of the emotional effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over a period of fourteen weeks beginning in March 2020, and in self isolation, Geoffrey Key painted thirty pictures of the heads and faces of individuals similarly incarcerated: an astonishing and sustained burst of creativity.
These thirty faces, dislocated from their normal lives, stripped of pretence and artifice are caught in a private moment. What we see is their basic emotional response to their changed circumstances. In these paintings of great freshness and honesty we are looking at thirty individual souls stripped bare.
Over the ensuing long months, with the exception of the weekly food delivery to his door Geoff saw no other human face in the flesh. When asked about the effects of this on his mental state, Geoffrey Key replied,
“There was only my art left; the heads kept me sane.”
Contact with the outside world would only be through the medium of the spoken word via a telephone landline. Geoffrey’s art stemmed from his maxim that everything flows from something seen that can then be re-imagined into art.
The first edition of 500 hundred signed copies will be available from late November.
Isolated, no face to face.
Contact only by the spoken word.
My world is peopled from my mind’s eye.
Each face & head a memory.
A subconscious contact.
Company gained from an isolated head.
Poem by Geoffrey Key