Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery, the artist vandalising advertising billboards around the world with his poetry, is widely known for his large-scale text-based billboard pieces that appear in the streets and other urban contexts overnight and often illegally. A Scottish artist, based in London since 1999, Montgomery studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then in the core program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Poetic texts are at the core of his work, and he makes billboard pieces, light pieces (recycled sunlight poems), woodcut pieces and watercolours. Greatly influenced by the writings of Guy Debord, Marxism and Situationist revolutionaries, Montgomery cannot simply be categorised as another street artist. He has exhibited his works at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the BALTIC, Gateshead; Grand Palais, Paris: Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Galerie Analix-Forever, Geneva; Galerie Nuke, Paris; Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin; Trolley Gallery, London and KK Outlet, London. In 2012, he was the British artist selected for the first biennale in India, the Kochi-Muzinis Biennale in Kerala, India, and in 2011, his work was featured in projects collateral to the 12th Istanbul Biennale and the 54th Venice Biennale. Montgomery is also a publisher for Dazed & Confused. In September 2013, Montgomery will have his first solo exhibition in New York at the C24 Gallery. As part of this exhibition, the work on display at Great Fosters will be presented as a burnt relic evidencing the live fire performance on the opening night of Sculpture al Fresco III.