About

Mark is an old soul from the suburbs of Kansas City. Some of his greatest inspirations are Jazz, Blues, Movies and Barbeque. His artistic heroes include Pablo Picasso, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hart Benton, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Diego Rivera and Miguel Covarrubias. He explores color, shape and movement from Cubism, Futurism and Synchronism. He loves faces and how a humorous portrait or caricature can reveal so much more about a personality than any posed photo ever could. He is a strong believer that illustration will once again rule the world (in his lifetime). He still works and lives in the Midwest with his family. He eats dry ribs and takes the family to a movie every year on his birthday.

Testimonials from email

“Tremendous thanks to Mark A Montgomery (aka Mark A Montgomery Illustration) for creating a stunning banner image for Job Guarantee Now!: Teach-In for Economic Rights. The contemporary visual culture surrounding full employment politics is narrow and impoverished. Case in point: even pro-Job Guarantee articles tend to only feature pictures of white men in hard hats or nostalgic images from the WPA. Montgomery’s banner, by contrast, conjures myriad types of persons and professions, while pointing to multiple forms of socially useful work. It thus represents an important step forward in developing a diverse, inclusive, and forward-looking visual imagination for #JobGuarantee politics.
– Modern Money Network

“You do GREAT work.”– Bradford C. Leali, Associate Professor/Jazz Saxophone, Director/ 3 O’Clock Lab Band, The University of North Texas

“SO COOL!!! You’re so good. I wish I were you.” – Kristen M.

“Oh my goodness!!!! Mark you have out done yourself!  I absolutely love it!  (My husband) is going to die!  I love how you’ve depicted him and our insane pack of dogs!! … It is just so cool!!! Thank you!!!!
Ellen F.

I’m thinking you really don’t exist until you have been ‘montgomerized’ – Ron B.

Cool” – Joel Nakamura, illustrator

… nice lettering…” – Bob Masse, designer/illustrator

… Mark does excellent work, is very creative and has a great attitude and work ethic. I highly recommend him.” – Jaci McReynolds, Webster Co Health Dept. Director

Examples of Mark’s work can be found in, but not limited to:
Advertising • Editorial • Print • Posters • Gifts • Fine Art • Logos • Invitations • CD covers • Newsletter comics • Street banners • Travel and tourism • Theatre • Sports • Celebrities • Personalities

Awards

  • Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators worldwide 2018/19
  • National ADDY nominee
  • Seventeen local and regional ADDYs

Memberships

    • Hire an Illustrator (HAI)
    • American Advertising Federation (AAF)
    • Springfield Creatives
    • Springfield Regional Arts Council

Clients

    • WellSpring Publishing
    • Modern Money Network
    • The Acoustic Shoppe
    • The Mystery Hour (Late Night Talk Show)
    • Blackbox Advertising, KC
    • TAME Magazine
    • Springfield Regional Arts Council
    • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Springfield Creatives
    • 417 Magazine
    • Loehr Chiropractic
    • Springfield Little Theatre
    • City of Springfield, Missouri
    • Springfield Jazz Festival
    • Birthplace of Route 66 Festival
    • Greater Ozarks Blues Festival
    • Rock-n-Ribs Barbecue Festival
    • GCBA Bicycle Club