Robert Montgomery

“New Tomorrow”

Robert Montgomery (b. 1972) is a Scottish-born, London-based poet, artist, and sculptor known for his site-specific installations created from light and text, as well as his ‘fire poems’. Inspired by the graffiti artists of East London, the poetry of Philip Larkin, the philosophy of Guy Debord, and the French student protesters of May 1968. Montgomery’s text-based conceptual works are both cryptic and emotionally resonant following a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of mass-media and commercial signage.

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, music festivals, and public art projects like The Unexpected in northwest Arkansas. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015.

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”I studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. While I was an undergraduate, I was really fascinated by poetry. I went to a kind of way of bringing something like the voice of poetry into art. “

— Robert Montgomery

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”This has been a really tough year, but it’s also been a moment for reflection.“

— Robert Montgomery

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