William Phelps Montgomery

April 2019

Gallery Reception: Thursday, April 4th | 6pm - 8pm

wmontgomery@abstractfineart.com

Artist Statement

As an artist, my work marries traditional abstract Expressionism with digital technology. The integrity of the basic underlaying rules of design and form have always been important. Inspiration comes from the colors and forms found in and influenced by experiences with art history, architecture and sculpture. Using art as my voice, the work is alive with passion and reflective of curiosity and wide open interpretations of life’s challenges.

The work is authentic and personal with much spontaneous activity, a true reflection of the political ongoing struggle which I grapple with. Sometimes the brush stroke involves a rhythmic back and forth and other times unconstrained, letting things happen naturally. This exploration requires many alterations and intuitive approaches and each piece of work is open to my perspective and interpretation of the world I live in.

Biography

Artists have always struggled with originality, color, space, design and reason. Like scientists, artists study materials and tradition to turn abstract information into concise works of art. The work I produce reflects the personal marriage I have made between the highly sophisticated devices of digital technology and modern science with subjective, intuitive, impulses of Abstract Expressionism. This offers me a strong and powerful connection between both worlds. I work at a subliminal level, thereby letting the sensate immediacy of textures and forms guide me in the vivid display of colors. The random relationships The iPad and a palette of applications allows me to do this anywhere at any time.

I was raised by art historians, Charles and Florence Montgomery, who imbued my childhood with the wonders of art. They provided experiences and exposures to both the history and the current trends in architecture, the decorative arts of painting and sculpture around the world. Of the many books and exhibits that I saw, the international abstract exhibition at the Hague at the age of 14 defined my life’s direction. The power of the work ignited an inspiration and sent me on the road to becoming an abstract artist.
Now, decades later, with a large collection of digital work and insights gained by creating abstract
images using cutting edge technology, I have come full circle and returned to painting full time. Having
a professional gallery and studio for painting and building new works has empowered me with purpose
and vigor.

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Benefits to our participating artists include:

One calendar month exhibition
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Bank United Gallery
(Gallery 133)

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BDO Gallery
(Gallery 130)