Robert Montgomery

b. 1972 Chapellhall, Scotland, Lives and works in London

Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by drawing from examples of public interventionist strategies and brings a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboards, light pieces, 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 recently mounted, major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof in Berlin with Neue Berliner Räume, and at the 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including KOP, Breda, NL; Athens Festival, GR; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK; The Grand Palais, Paris, FR; Guido Costa Projects, Turin, IT; The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland; and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK.


BA Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

MFA Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

Core Artist in Residence, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, United States

Solo Exhibitions

2015  Robert Montgomery, SELECT New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY USA

          Robert Montgomery, ISTANBUL’74, Istanbul, Turkey

          People You Love, installation at the Southbank Centre, London, for National                         Poetry Day

          Bodies Burning at the Edges,Thomas Beal, Robert Montgomery, Jacolby                               Satterwhite, Kiki Smith, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York

2014 You Walk on the Bones of the Kings Now, Anna Jill Lupertz Gallery, Berlin,                             Germany

          All Kingdoms Smashed and Buried in the Sky, The Office Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

         Piles of Dirt and Glass You Walk Upon, Galerie Colette, Paris, France

         LA Billboard Poems, curated by Do Art Foundation and Art Share, Los Angeles,                    CA, USA

         Istanbul Fire Poem, IST Festivals, Istanbul, Turkey

         Louvre Fire Poem, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

2013 Robert Montgomery, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

         City is Wilder, Installation at Kater Holzig, Anna Jil Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin,                              Germany

         Echoes of Voices in the High Towers, Galerie Nuke, Paris, France

         Affordable Care, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA

         Edinburgh Fire Poem, Commission for the Edinburgh Art Festival, The Mound,                      Edinburgh, Scotland

         Tokyo Billboards, Harajuko, Each X Other Projects

2012 Robert Montgomery: Echoes of Voices in the High Towers Part 2, Neue Berliner                  Räume, Stattbad Wedding, and billboard sites, Berlin Germany

         Robert Montgomery: Echoes of Voices in the High Towers Part 2, Neue Berliner                  Räume, site of old Tempelhof Airport and billboard sites, Berlin, Germany

         Whenever An Angel, Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

         It Turned Out This Way Cos You Dreamed It This Way, KK Outlet and billboard                      sites London, United Kingdom

2011 Fire of Each Other, Galerie Nuke, Paris, France

         All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces, Courtyard of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris,                          France

         Royal Wedding Poems, Billboard series, London, United Kingdom

2010 The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside of You, Scope Foundation Project                  with Galerie Analix-Forever, Scope Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

         The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside of You, The De La Warr Pavilion,                      Bexhill, United Kingdom

2009 Emotional Emergency, Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

2008 Derniers Jours: May 68/May 08, Galerie Nuke, Paris, France

2006 Words in the City at Night, The Margaret Thatcher Project, New York, NY, USA

2005 Words in the City at Night, London, United Kingdom

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2015 All Rise, Public Installation, Seatle, WA

         The Crayon Miscellany, OMI International Arts Center, C24 Gallery, Ghent,                            NY, USA

         PULSE New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

        I was dancing with I was 8: as French protestant middle class diaspora panic                       reached its height around 1556, refugee goldsmiths arriving in high Calvinist                       Geneva landed in their new home of free-thought finding themselves forbidden                   from making jewelry or any other objects of idolatry, and so were forced to begin               their sullen and centuries long sexually-repressed fetishisation of watches +                         Smalltown Boy + the tragedy of Glasgow Rangers / a small but sustained cry                         against Calvin inspired by March Bolan and Bronski Beat, Galerie-Analix Forever,                 Geneva, Switzerland

        Searock Songlines, Public project curated by Marc Fiedler Saalfelden, Leogang,                 Austria

        Sunday in the Park with Ed, Display Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2014 Fields of Vision, Grand Depart Tour de France, Yorkshire Festival, England

         Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Montgomery and Lawrence Weiner, AJL Art, Berlin,                    Germany

         Still Future, The Arts Complex, Edinburgh, Scotland

         Cutlog, Public Installation, New York, NY

         3 Poems About Buildings and Trees, Nuit Blanche, Brussels, Belgium 

         PULSE New York, C24 Gallery, New York, USA

2013 Quand l’art Prend la Ville, Defacto, La Défense, Paris, France

          In Dreams, Cob Gallery, London, United Kingdom

          Sculpture al Fresco III, Great Fosters, Surrey, England

          PULSE New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY USA

          PULSE Miami, C24 Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

          CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, C24 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2012 The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

          Preposterous, La Scatola Gallery, London, United Kingdom

          Le Printemps de Septembre, curated by Paul Ardenne, Toulouse, France

          From The Age of The Poets, Aanat & Zoo, Berlin, Germany

          Sublime · Kursiv, Anna Jill Lupertz Gallery at Epicentro Art, Berlin, Germany

          Noir Clair, curated by Barbara Polla and Victor de Bonnecaze, Galerie Vanessa                   Quang, Paris, France

          Wealth, Mass Gallery, London, United Kingdom

          Oneliners, KOP, Breda, The Netherlands

          A Gathering, curated by Maria-Thalia Carras & Olga Hatzidaki, Athens Festival,                     Athens, Greece

          Art St Barth, Valentine de Badereau Gallery, St Barths

2011 And Like This You Keep Them Alive/On Love, Neue Berliner Räume. Berlin, Germany

         All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces, Courtyard of the Palais de Tokyo Paris, France

         The Streets Belong to No One, Truck on the streets of the Galata neighborhood.                  Casa dell Arte Project collateral to the 12th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey

         All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces, Lyon Docks, Docks Art Fair Program, Lyon,                    France

         Orientale*, curated by Maurizio Bortolotti and Shwetal Patel, collateral to the 54th                Venice Biennale. Chiesa delle Zitelle, Venice, Italy

         Royal Wedding Poem (gesso panel version), Scope Foundation Project with Galerie            Analix-Forever, Scope Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

         Royal Wedding Poems, Billboard series, London, United Kingdom

         Génération Polluée, Galerie Nuke, Paris, France

2010 Trees, Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

         Heart of Glass, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London, United Kingdom

         The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside of You. Scope Foundation Project with            Galerie Analix-Forever, Scope Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

         I Won't Give Up, Coningsby Gallery, London, United Kingdom

         Cars & Bikes, Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

         Don't Jump, Galerie Bigger Better Space, Vienna, Austria

         The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside of You, The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill,          United Kingdom

2009 Words in the City at Night, Billboard Series. London, United Kingdom

          Utopia/Distopia, The Grand Palais, Art Paris Program, Paris, France

          Learning by Doing: 25 Years of Artist's in Residence at the MFAH, Museum of Fine             Arts, Houston, TX, United States

2008 I Won't Give Up, Guido Costa Projects, Turin, Italy

2007 Strategic Art Getts, curated by Neil Mulholland. The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh,                 Scotland

          Dazed & Confused versus Andy Warhol, THE BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,             Newcastle-Gateshead, United Kingdom

2006 The Circle of Dead Grass Where the Circus Used to Be, Trolley Gallery, London,                 United Kingdom

         Words in the City at Night, The Margaret Thatcher Project, New York, NY, USA

2005 God is Bored of Us. Fast Moving Consumer Goods, London, United Kingdom

          Words in the City at Night, London, United Kingdom

Select Biography

“The Poetics of Robert Montgomery”, Rachel Small. Interview Magazine. September 2013

“Loveloss” (collection of new London poetry). Publishers Legg & Wallis. ISBN 978-0-9576934-0-1

Revue Magazine, Berlin. Issue 13. Summer 2013. Artist’s magazine cover and feature by Rabea Edel

“Kochi-Muziris Biennale” Amanprit Sandhur, Frieze, Issue 153, March 2013

"Echoes of Voices in the High Towers" monograph. Published by Mono Kultur, 2012, Berlin, Germany

"Robert Montgomery Brings His Word Art to the Billboards of Berlin" Susanna Davies-Crook, Exberliner magazine, July/August 2012

"Signs of the Times" Audrey Gillian, The Scotsman Magazine, 23 June 2012

"Robert Montgomery" Vinyl Riot Magazine, Spring 2012.

"The Artist Vandalising Advertising With Poetry" Matilda Battersby, The Independent, February 3rd 2012

"Fire of Each Other" monograph, published by Nuke Editions, 2011. Paris, France

"Robert Montgomery" by Olivier Zahm. Purple Magazine, Fall/Winter 2011. Vol. III issue 16, Paris, France

"The Don Draper With Soul". Interview with Laura Havlin for Phaidon. October 2011

"Robert Montgomery- Social Distortion" by Sven Fortmann. Lodown Magazine issue 78, October 2011, Berlin, Germany

"Collective 1984-2009". by Kate Gray and Neil Mulholland. published by Revolver and the Collective Gallery. 2011. ISBN-10: 3868950338.

"Ghost in the Machine" interview with John Paul Pryor for Dazed & Confused. May 2011

"Robert Montgomery, The Circle of Dead Grass Where the Circus Used to Be" SOME/THINGS MAGAZINE, issue 2. Paris, 2010.

"Street Art" by Francesca Gavin. Dazed & Confused Japan. April issue 2009.

"Robert Montgomery, Whenever You See the Sun Reflected in the Window of a Building it is an Angel" SOME/THINGS MAGAZINE, issue 1. Paris, France, 2009

"Core Artists and Critics in Residence" published by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2008. ISBN: 9780890901625

"Robert Montgomery, Derniers Jours. Paris May 68/08" exhibition catalogue published by Nuke Editions, texts by Jerome Sans and David Dorrell. 2008

"I Won't Give Up" Robert Montgomery & Fabio Paleari, published by Damiani, 2008 ISBN:9788862080194

"Robert Montgomery at Inman" by Frances Colpitt. Art in America, Vol. 85, No.9