Kim Montgomery was born in Belfast. She studied Fine and Applied Arts at Ulster University, Belfast. She qualified as an Art & Design and Special Educational Needs teacher at Ulster University, Coleraine. She completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art (University of the Arts London), specialising in drawing. She has work in public collections, including, Ulster University, CCEA, and Education Authority Northern Ireland. She has exhibited art work in public galleries across the UK, including Bow Arts, London, Context Galleries, Derry and The Naughton Gallery, Queens, Belfast.
Kim uses drawing, painting, collage and sculpture in her work to construct real and imagined narratives inspired by mythologised people, places, events and objects across art history and popular culture. These often resonate autobiographically. She works from text and imagery found primarily in music and fashion magazines, newspapers, digital and pre-digital photographs, music videos, merchandise and other paraphernalia she has collected from gigs and exhibitions. Kim’s work expresses female fanatical gaze, aspiration, fandom and romance. Kim is a fan of, amongst other things, Hedi Slimane, Mystery Jets, David Hockney, Elizabeth Peyton, Patti Smith’s memoirs.