Montgomery, Iona A E BA(Hons)

Elected to RSW 1991

Artists Statement

I am fascinated by metaphor, metamorphosis and memory. Fragments containing elements of past lives and cultures found in mythology, archaeology and fossilised forms. In particular the point of transition between one state of being and another where the essence of the objects origins are being recreated within the new state. My images are stratified and often ambiguous containing suggestions, allusions of transformation within layers of colour and texture. Although they have an innate physical presence, usually the objects being represented are missing - removed, decayed or transformed. The trace element of memory remains. A transient form retained within an enduring matrix.


1983 - 1988 - Studied to postgraduate level at Glasgow School of Art
1994 - Studied at the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, USA
1994 - 1998 - Lectured at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
1997 - 2004 - Lectured at Edinburgh College of Art

Works mainly in painting and printmaking and exhibits regularly with the RSA, RGI and GPS. My work has been represented in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and has been acquired for public, private and corporate collections in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia.


Selected Awards
2005 - RSW Council Award
2003 - Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship, RGI
2001 - Sir William Gillies Award, RSW
1994 - Cross Trust Bursary
1992 - Lady Artists Club Trust Award
1991 - Lauder Award, GSWA
1990 - Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, RSW

Selected Exhibitions

2006 - Glasgow arts Club Gallery
2002 - State University of West Georgia Art Gallery, Georgia, USA
2001 - Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow
1993 - Galerie Seghaier, Vienna, Austria
1992 - Ancrum Gallery, Jedburgh, UK
1990 - Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow
1989 - Waverley Taylor Gallery, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2000 - New Hall Contemporary Womens Art Collection, Cambridge
1999 - Consument Art 1999, Nurnberg, Germany
          - Kyoto Seika University Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
1998 - Tokyo Machida International Graphic Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

New Hall Contemporary Womens Art Collection, Cambridge
State University of West Georgia, Georgia, USA
Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow
Auld Kirk Museum, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow
BBC Scotland
The Orchard Educational Centre
Hilton Hotel Group
Strathclyde University
Art in Hospitals
Derby FC
A & M Transport

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