Jack Montgomery (1927-2001) Australia

Biographical Information

Jack Montgomery was raised and lived in the Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges area for most of his life, but also explored Australia by push bike, camel and car and visited many remote areas of the world seeking inspiration for his art.

He trained as an art teacher and graduated in 1947, at which point he commenced his painting career. He then commenced exhibiting his paintings interstate and overseas, including exhibitions in London, Calgary, St Louis, Santa Fe and Los Angeles.

He was instrumental in fostering his love aof art with the stdents he taugt over his long career, and assisting them to reach their full potential.

Between exhibitions, teaching and expeditions, he won various awards for his work including the Commonwealth Jubliee Hoonours List Bronze medal for services to Central Australia, was made an honorary member of the Society of Western Artists (USA) and in 1974 received an Australian Arts Council Award

A commentator at the time wrote: ' His ideology on life is self imposed hardship, and as a nature lover challenging the desert elements, he has found atmosphere and inspiration together with unique subject material.'

It was probably this outlook that promoted his interest in long distance cycling and lead to him being selected as a team memeber in the Commonwealth Round Australia Cycling Marathon, representing Alice Springs, in 1950.

Jack Montgomery died in the Dandenong Ranges area of Melbourne in 2001, aged 74.

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