25 Travers book cover

“Over the past 25 years, Greg Montgomery has shared with visitors to Saratoga Racecourse a consistent artistic vision. His now-iconic imagery is rightly inseparable from the Travers Stakes and from Saratoga’s summer scene.”

— Joel Reed, executive director,
Saratoga County Arts Council

 

About Greg Montgomery

Greg MontgomeryGreg Montgomery, a native of Washington, D.C., moved to Saratoga in 1980, and produced his first Travers poster after seeing a shabby broadside announcing the historic race in a storefront window. Although his first poster, The Silks, gave little hint of the British Railway Art style of his other Travers images, it was instantaneously hailed as a true depiction of Saratoga lore. Now, fittingly, that first poster is a collector’s item.

Montgomery’s Travers posters have become the signature image of Saratoga Springs, New York. As the longest continuing series of sporting art in the world, these bright, elegant, carefully-crafted racetrack scenes have made their way into store windows and people‚Äôs homes for so long that an August without the introduction of a new one would seem like a summer without horse racing.

Fifteen of Montgomery’s Travers posters have served as covers for Dick Francis’ paperback mysteries, although equestrian themes aren’t the only subjects that have interested him. The artist is an avid traveler, and he keeps notepads of sketches, photos and pen drawings of street scenes, sailing boats and beaches that he has encountered on sojourns to Australia, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Montgomery received his formal art education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he studied painting and lithography, and at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, where he concentrated on serigraphy.

Read more about Greg Montgomery on GregMontgomery.com