Artist Geoffrey Key Official Website

Artist Geoffrey Key official website


British Painter & Sculptor


Key Decades – Exhibition, Book and Film.

14th May – 14th June 2022

63 Geoffrey Key pieces will be shown as part of the Cheshire Art Gallery – Decades Exhibition. Accompanying Book by Nick Brown OBE FRSA & Short Film by Director and Cinematographer Gaius Brown.

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.

Exhibition at Collect Art is a huge success

Hundreds of people enjoyed Geoffrey Key’s artwork exhibition at Collect Art in Lymm.
The show which took place on 12th -15th November 2021 displayed artwork from Geoffrey, widely considered to be one of the UK’s most important contemporary artists.

“There isn’t one picture I’m not pleased with. I’m just over the moon with the show”

Geoffrey, who is celebrating his 80th birthday year, hence the exhibition – says he is over the moon with how the show has been received. “All this work I have never seen together before. To come in and see so many years’ worth of work together and Collect Art has been hyper-selective, it’s like meeting a lot of old friends”.

There was work displayed from the 1960s all the way until 2021, including the latest collection, inspired by figures against clouds.

Martin Heaps, owner of Collect Art in Lymm welcomed around 70-80 people per day and an estimated 300 overall. He said: “The weekend went extremely well – more than what we had anticipated. “We have never run them on a Sunday for instance and never opened until late on Saturday but there was a steady flow of people every day.”

Excerpt from Warrington Guardian – Jack Heale

Isolated Heads book
Now available from official Geoffrey Key galleries
In the first 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.

Written by Nick Brown OBE FRSA

“What I want to capture is not the image but the character, I want to paint something people can feel for themselves” Geoffrey Key

Isolated Heads by Geoffrey Key

2021 Geoffrey Key Interview
By Salford media

Art with Heart
Feature article within March / April 2021 Living Edge Magazine
During lockdown, isolated from friends and family, Geoffrey Key, who acts as judge for the Living Edge Schools Art Competition every year, was inspired to create a new body of work, Isolated Heads, a collection that speaks to us all.

Excerpt from Living Edge Magazine

“It was simply a coincidence that on that day I painted that first head, which I then worked through to a series. I always work in series until I have said what I want to say”


Back on the Nab
Award winning film maker Gaius Brown & Nick Brown OBE

Part 1 of the new Geoffrey Key documentary – commissioned by Cheshire Art Gallery has been released on YouTube, already attracting a great deal of attention with hundreds of views within the first days of posting online.

Part 2 of the film is due for release to coincide with the currently postponed – The Key Decades Exhibition.

Cheshire Art Gallery VIP
preview evening – TBC
As a result of the global health crisis The Key Decades Exhibition will be held later in the year once safe to do so.
Remember to Stay safe – Best wishes Geoff.
New website launched July 2020
Geoffrey Key website Designer – Scott O’Malley – Studio 483.
Geoffrey Key at easel

Archive press cuttings
Click image to view
Jane Clifford from 1979
Review of Manchester Academy Exhibition – The artist that stands out the most is Geoffrey Key.

Manchester Evening News
Light is the Key
Former Salford teacher Geoffrey Key talks about his trip to Hong Kong.

Antiques and Trade Gazette
Key works in Nantwich
Review of eight pictures sold at Peter Wilson of Nantwich 27th September 2014.

Artist Geoff Key Paper
Living Edge
Through the keyhole
Mike Smith meets Manchester-based artist Geoffrey Key.

Lancashire life
Lancashire Life Magazine
Key unlocks the past
One of Britain’s most prominent modern artist is staging his first retrospective.