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



"Yes to this, and yes again. It's democratic art and democratic literature. I'd love to see (more of) it here in Britain."


Edward Lucie-Smith





BA Edinburgh College of Art

MFA Edinburgh College of Art

Core Program Artist in Residence, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston



Select Exhibitions



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

"People You Love." installation at The Southbank Centre, London, for National Poetry Day.

"The Stars Pulled Down For Real". Public project for All Rise Seattle.

"Robert Montgomery". Istanbul’74, Istanbul (S)

"Sunday in the Park with Ed". Display Gallery, London

"I was dancing when 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 Marc Bolan and Bronski Beat". Galerie Analix Forever Geneva (S)

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




"All Kingdoms Smashed and Buried in the Sky", solo show. The Office Gallery, Nicosia.

"You Walk on the Bones of the Kings Now", solo show. Anna Jill Lupertz Gallery, Berlin.

"3 Poems About Buildings and Trees", Nuit Blanche Brussels.

"LA Billboard Poems", curated by Do Art Foundation and Art Share, Los Angeles.

"Louvre Fire Poem", Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.

"Istanbul Fire Poem", IST Festival, Istanbul.

"Piles of Dirt and Glass You Walk Upon", solo show. Galerie Colette, Paris.

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

"Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Montgomery, Lawrence Wiener". Anna Jil Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin.

"Still Future", The Arts Complex, Edinburgh.



"Affordable Care", Manya Wynwood, Miami.

"Robert Montgomery" Solo Show C24 Gallery, New York. 

"Quand l'art Prend la Ville", Defacto, La Défense, Paris.

"Edinburgh Fire Poem". Commission for the Edinburgh Art Festival, The Mound, Edinburgh.

"In Dreams". Cob Gallery, London.

"Sculpture al Fresco III", Great Fosters, Surrey, England.

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

"Echoes of Voices in the High Towers". solo show. Galerie Nuke, Paris

"Tokyo Billboards", Harajuko. Each X Other Projects.



"The Kochi-Muziris Biennale", Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. 

"Closer". Spinello Projects, Miami. 

"Le Printemps de Septembre a Toulouse". Curated by Paul Ardenne. Toulouse, France.

"Robert Montgomery: Echoes of Voices in the High Towers". solo show part 2, Neue Berliner Räume, Stattbad Wedding, and billboard sites, Berlin.

"From The Age of The Poets. Cy Twombly, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Montgomery etc", Aanat & Zoo, Berlin.

"Preposterous". La Scatola, London.

"Sublime · Kursiv. James Lee Byars, Christian Boltanski, Douglas Gordon, Robert Montgomery etc". Anna Jill Lupertz Gallery at Epicentro Art, Berlin.

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

"Wealth". Mass, London.

"Oneliners", KOP, Breda, Netherlands.

"Robert Montgomery: Echoes of Voices in the High Towers". solo show, Neue Berliner Räume, site of old Tempelhof Airport and billboard sites, Berlin.

"Whenever An Angel". solo show, Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva

"It Turned Out This Way cos You Dreamed it This Way". Solo show KK Outlet and billboard sites London.

"A Gathering (curated by Maria-Thalia Carras & Olga Hatzidaki)", Athens Festival.

"Art St Barth", Valentine de Badereau Gallery, St Barths



"Fire of Each Other". solo show Galerie Nuke, Paris.

"And Like This You Keep Them Alive/On Love". Neue Berliner Räume. Berlin.

"All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces". Courtyard of the Palais de Tokyo Paris.

"The Streets Belong to No One". Truck on the streets of the Galata neighbourhood. Casa dell Arte project collateral to the 12th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul.

"All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces". Lyon Docks, Docks Art Fair Program, Lyon.

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

"Royal Wedding Poem" (gesso panel version). Scope Foundation project with Galerie Analix-Forever, Scope Art Basel, Basel.

"Royal Wedding Poems". Billboard series, London.

"Génération Polluée: Davide Bertocchi, Cyprien Gaillard, Camille Henrot, Marc Horowitz, Robert Montgomery, Douglas White". Galerie Nuke, Paris.



"Trees". Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva.

"Heart of Glass". 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London.

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

"I Won’t Give Up". with Fabio Paleari, Resistance Inc and Guido Costa Projects at Coningsby Gallery, London.

"Cars & Bikes". Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva.

"Don't Jump- Mary Heilman, Robert Montgomery, Julie Ryan, Lawrence Weiner". Galerie Bigger Better Space, Vienna.

"The People You Love Become Ghosts Inside of You". The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.



"Emotional Emergency". solo show, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva. 

"Words in the City at Night". Billboard Series. London.

"Utopia/Distopia". The Grand Palais, Paris (Art Paris program).

"Learning by Doing: 25 Years of Artist’s in Residence at the MFAH". Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



"Derniers Jours: May 68/May 08". solo show, Galerie Nuke, Paris.

"I Won’t Give Up". collaboration with Fabio Paleari, Guido Costa Projects, Turin. 



"Strategic Art Getts". curated by Neil Mulholland. The Embassy, Edinburgh. 

"Dazed & Confused versus Andy Warhol". THE BALTIC, Newcastle-Gateshead. 



"The Circle of Dead Grass Where the Circus Used to Be, Sean Flynn, David Fryer, Robert Montgomery". Trolley Gallery, London. 

"Words in the City at Night". The Margaret Thatcher Project, New York.



"God is Bored of Us". Fast Moving Consumer Goods, London. 

"Words in the City at Night", London



Select Bibliography



"Poetry Everywhere", Regis Durand, L/Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Numero 404, December 2014

"Robert Montgomery: Art Above The Streets," Evan Senn, Artillery Magazine, November 2014 issue.

“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, Berlin, 2012.

"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, Paris, 2011.

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

"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.

"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 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.