Born in the California wine country in 1959, Monty spent his early years in Lake County where he attended one of the last operational one-room school houses in California. His first career was as a graphic artist, where he worked as a product designer, production manager, and art director for commercial printing companies. He left in 2001 to pursue his sculptural work full-time. His art is now held in numerous private collections– often catching the eye of other creatives, including filmmakers, script writers, musicians, and poets, including California Poet Laureate and former Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, Dana Gioia. Monty’s work is also represented in various public collections including installations at parks, libraries, and community centers. His corporate collectors include the Motorola Company, among others. He lives and maintains his studio in Northern California.
Process and Media
“My approach is to create a natural look to the assembled work by using creative methods,” Monty says. “I don’t weld. I take great care in the restoration of each component and attempt to create a vintage quality within the work.”
“I assemble to create a theme. Discreet items of interest and vintage collectibles are sculpted into a whole and unified form. I take antiques, curios, cast-off objects, and sometimes family heirlooms and breathe new life into them, rendering new ways to look at old things. I enjoy sharing stories about each new piece I create and include an itemized list of components with information that accompanies the work.”