Born in 1972 in Chapelhall Scotland, Robert Montgomery brings a poetic voice and public interventionist strategies to the tradition of contemporary text art. Working across a diverse range of media, such as billboard pieces, solar powered light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors, he was the British artist selected for the Kochi Biennale in 2012, as well as the Yinchuan Biennale in 2016. A monograph of his work was published by Distanzin 2015, along with the architect’s Allied Works. Robert Montgomery was a shortlisted finalist for the UK National Holocaust Memorialin 2017 with the scheme exhibited at the V&A Museumin London. He has a solo show upcoming at the Aspen Art Museumin January 2019.

Writing in the Black and Blue Literary Journal, Dane Weatherman describes Montgomery’s work as; “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.”

Robert Montgomery lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Biography & Works