Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015.
"To encounter the work of Robert Montgomery is to make a tender encounter whose tenderness is enhanced by the public, communal quality of his work. To encounter his work is to have your body filled with a sad thunder and your head filled with a sad light. He is a complete artist and works in language, light, paper, space. He engages completely with the urban world with a translucent poetry. His work arrives at us through a kind of lucid social violence. No one has blended language, form and light in such a direct way." - Dane Weatherman. Black & Blue Journal
Robert Montgomery, born in 1972 in Chapelhall (Scotland), lives and works in London. Recent public displays include Southbank Centre, London, UK (2015); All Rise Seattle, Seattle, USA (2015); Istanbul ’74, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); Mark Fiedler Saalfelden Leogang, Austria (2015); Do Art Foundation and Art Share, Los Angeles, USA (2014); Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France (2014); Anna Jil Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2013); Each X Other Projects, Harajuku, Japan (2013) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2011). Recent solo exhibitions include Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2014); Galerie Colette, Paris, France (2014); C24 Gallery, New York, USA (2013); Galerie Nuke, Paris, France (2013) and Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva, Switzerland (2012). Montgomery's work has been included in a number of international collections including Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK; Manja Gideon Collection, Geneva, Switzerland; Wassner Collection, New York, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Benoit Pierre Emery Collection, Paris, France; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, China.