Geoffrey Key was born in Manchester, England, in 1941. His early education was at Manchester’s High School of Art. In 1958 he commenced degree and post graduate studies at the Manchester Regional College of Art where he was tutored by the sculptor Ted Roocroft and the painter Harry Rutherford. He gained the National Diploma of Design and the Diploma of Associateship of Manchester; the latter with distinction, leading to a postgraduate scholarship in sculpture. His academic awards include the Heywood medal in Fine Art and the Guthrie Bond Travelling Scholarship.
His reputation is internationally recognised as a painter and sculptor of stature and integrity. He has held exhibitions throughout the UK and worldwide with shows in London, Manchester, Cheshire, Bradford and Preston, as well as in Dublin, France, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Australia. His work has been and is exhibited widely and features in important public, corporate and private art collections throughout the world including Salford and Manchester Art Galleries; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Manchester Museum of Science and Industry; North West Arts Board; National Westminster Bank; Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong; Jockey Club of Hong Kong; Societé Roquefort; Chateau de St Ouen and Perrier. Geoffrey Key is undoubtedly one of the most important artists to come out of the north west of England.
I was most impressed by a sequence by Geoffrey Key, which consolidates his position as one of the North’s most exciting painters. The Guardian, UK He has established his position among the best of living British artists. Concierge, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong … fluidity and confidence, it’s exactly what you see in his work, which manages to be simultaneously controlled and wild, with unexpected angles and tones. South China Morning Post Trained as a painter and sculptor, his academic background is evident in the tremendous three-dimensional quality he achieves in his uncompromisingly commanding images. Window, Hong Kong Perhaps an artist who stands out most is Geoffrey Key, who in recent years has attained considerable stature. His robust female forms show a self confidence, which is compelling. Daily Telegraph, UK Salford Art gallery is collecting works by Geoffrey Key, widely recognised as one of the most exciting artists around. Daily Mail, UK He has critics, art dealers and buyers raving about his work, said one fine art dealer – not just the best thing to come along since Lowry but going to be much, much better. Daily Express, UK Key has secured a strong position among the best contemporary British artists. Asian Arts News, Hong Kong.
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