Robert Montgomery was born in Scotland, UK, 1972. He completed both his BA and MFA at the Edinburgh College of Art, and post-MFA study on the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Montgomery lives and works in London.
A selection of solo and group exhibitions include Hammersmith Poem and Love Letters to Kazimir Malevich, Cob Gallery, London; Parasolstice - Winter Light 2017Robert Montgomery, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK; The Book of the Word, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki. (all 2017). The UK Holocaust Memorial Shortlist, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, China; Cardiff Contemporary, Cardiff, Wales; The Crystal Ship, Ostend Belgium; Year of the Propaganda Corrupted Plebiscites, Mannerheim Gallery, Paris (all 2016) Robert Montgomery. Cer Modern Musuem, Ankara; “Bodies Burning at the Edges, Thomas Beal, Robert Montgomery, Jacolby Satterwhite, Kiki Smith”. LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York. (2015) LA Billboard Poems, Do Art Foundation, Los Angeles; Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Montgomery, Lawrence Wiener, Anna Jil Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin (2014) Edinburgh Fire Poem, Edinburgh Art Festival; Robert Montgomery, C24 Gallery New York (2013) Sublime Kursiv. James Lee Byars, Christian Boltanski, Douglas Gordon, Robert Montgomery, Anna Jill Lupertz Gallery at Epicentro Art, Berlin; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Fort Kochi, India. (2012)
Robert Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems and watercolours. Using poetry and language as a material Montgomery works in a site-specific nature to address political or social themes of injustice. By plastering giant posters on city billboards, illuminating words on building facades, moving vehicles or lighting fire poems in public spaces, Montgomery works in an interventionist style more familiar with the processes of graffiti and activism. Montgomery uses social platforms usually reserved for commercial advertising and thereby draws on the legacy of the Situationists who aimed to break down the division between art and consumerism and make cultural production a part of everyday life. Montgomery is inspired by the city, its geographical environment and the emotions and behaviours of individuals, which the Situationists termed ‘psychogeography’. By inserting poetic artworks into the public arena of everyday life, Montgomery creates arresting and captivating works that posses the possibility to affect everybody – not just the academic gallery goer.