This exhibition was the first of three in this our celebratory 25th anniversary year. Over forty oils, works on paper and sculpture had been thoughtfully chosen over a period of two years dating from 1963 to the present day and covered many themes including two works from the very successful Clown series and the magnificent bronze sculpture Reclining Figure with Bird. Michael Howard, author of many books including L.S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist, provided a most interesting and informative commentary in our exhibition brochure defining Key within the context of modern European art and giving insight into painting technique and how certain effects were achieved.
It is always nice when new collectors give enthusiastic comment and below are just two of the many received regarding Geoffrey's work from this exhibition.
"We were unfamiliar with Geoffrey Key's work before we came in but we were absolutely knocked out by the colour and power of his work. A cut above anything else we have seen in galleries! So we bought one - Girl in Landscape"
Gwyn & Jane Morgan
"I love the terracotta plate 'Head' for many reasons and adore its fundamental classical beauty. All my favourite pieces by Geoffrey Key seem to be in profile and to possess this particular profile, its colour, shape, texture and expression is mesmerising. It transports me back to Homer and Pindar, and yet it is so modern".
Azille, in the Minervois region of Southern France where Malcolm has a studio and now lives, provided the inspiration for this collection of 34 oil paintings. With his bold use of colour and in his own cloisonistic style Malcolm portrayed beautifully the landscape in and around Azille, sharing with us the views from his early morning walks and favourite rooms of his house and managed to capture the abundance of light and intensity of heat straight onto each canvas.
This exhibition showcased over 35 oils and sketches which reflected Michael's love of birds and animals throughout the world whilst also revealing him to be an artist equally inspired with portraiture. Works included the Arborie tribes people of Ethiopia, the Ashaninka and Quechua Indians of Peru and Bajan girls of the Caribbean. The show also featured a selection of his use of chinoiserie and more avant garde works including one which featured Banksy's iconic graffiti murals which proved very popular and thought provoking. This exhibition also provided much needed awareness for the charity Project Red which focuses on the protection of endangered species specifically tackling animal poaching with one of the paintings, 'Raging Bull' helping to raise funds for this very worthy cause.