Kate Montgomery's paintings are a look behind the curtains, private moments and domestic quiet. The narrative can be solitary, dreamlike or thoughtful, the subject is often an exploration of personal narratives or inspired by the lives of Kate's own daughters, occasionally by an unusual historical tale. Childhood features strongly with many paintings depicting a parlour game or a mysterious scene from imaginative play.
Kate's own interest in textiles, dressmaking and her studies in Islamic pattern also informs the texture and aesthetic of her painting, where patterns and textiles are very much part of the story. She uses geometric principles and Victorian designs to weave through her paintings, rooms draped with curtains or floral carpet, the patterns seem familiar to the viewer, creating a feeling of recognition and comfort.The paintings are not in any way sombre or over-nostalgic, Kate sees them as prompting but never dictating the narrative, encouraging the viewer to imagine their own truths.
Kate Montgomery studied at St John's College Oxford (The Ruskin School) and at the Royal College of Art. She has work in the collections of HRH The Prince of Wales, St John's College and Elizabeth Esteve-Coll. She has been artist in residence and Glyndbourne Opera, and has recently left her lecturing post at Brighton University in order to concentrate on her painting full time. She lives in Hove with her daughters and husband.