Geoffrey Key was born in Rusholme, Manchester in 1941. His mother, Marion, worked as an illustrator and encouraged him to draw and he took to this easily and with great enthusiasm. He was educated at Manchester’s High School of Art, whose headmaster, Ernest Goodman, established the Salford Art Club. I
Geoffrey Key’s early work included an important period of development during which he concentrated on painting and drawing a specific area of the Derbyshire landscape, the Whiteley Nab hill, south of Glossop. Key created literally hundreds of images of this one landscape and later revealed that the sole purpose of this dedicated period of study, was to build upon the firm foundation established by his academic training, whilst divesting himself of the influences he had absorbed in order to arrive at his own personal artistic language. In other words, this is where he found his own style.
Key’s career as an artist now spans over five decades. As his style has developed he has acquired a significant following of admirers and collectors in the UK and abroad. His work has been and widely appraised and reviewed and features in several public art collections in the northwest of England, including the Salford and Manchester Art Galleries, who now hold over 70 of his works.