Biography of Guy Duguay

Guy Duguay was born in 1955, in Dieppe, New Brunswick.In 1978, He completed a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts at Université de Moncton, in New Brunswick. He pursued his training through workshops in mime with Scott MacIsaac (1982), in film arts with Robert Frank (1983) and Jean-Pierre Lefevbre (1983), in film editing at the National Film Board (1983), and in video (1984). In 1983, he trained in the use of the Telidon system in Kanata, Ontario. In 1988, he worked alongside sculptor Henri Murail in Sallertaine, France.

He worked in drawing for the National Film Board’s production of an animation film by Anne-Marie Sirois (1986), and as an extra in several film features, including Herménégilde Chiasson’s Le Grand Jack (1986) and Madame LaTour (1987). He was graphic designer on the Telidon system for Université de Moncton, the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Duguay was extremely active in the visual arts scene in Moncton, as president of Galerie Sans Nom (Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 1991) and president of Imago printmaking studio (Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 1994-1995). He was a member of Galerie 12 (Aberdeen Cultural Centre), of Galerie Sans Nom, of Imago Printmaking Studio and of Coopérative Solarium. He led a number of visual arts workshops for children and taught ceramics. He was a frequent contributor to Art en boîte (1988-1996) a fund-raiser for Imago. In 1989 he represented New Brunswick at the First Francophone Games, in Morocco.

During his short artistic career, Duguay was part of over 60 exhibitions, including several traveling shows. His work was shown in the Maritimes and elsewhere in Canada, In France and in Germany. His group exhibitions included Danse macabre (Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, 1991) showing miniature books by Nancy Morin, Yvon Gallant and himself, La mer à voir, including his installation School de poissons (Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton, 1991), and Eau, infinité des possibles, with his work //D//, organized by Galerie Occurrence to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Montreal’s Vieux-Port (1994). He was also a noted participant in the exhibitions Atelier mille feuilles (1994-1996) and Anecdotes and Enigmas (Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1994-1995)

His solo exhibitions included Hommage à la vache (Sallertaine, France, 1988), the performance Screaming Blades/Brindilles hurlantes in front of the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton (1995), and Sticks and Stones (Acacia Gallery of Canadian Art, Gagetown, Nouveau-Brunswick, 1994) that showed “paint-less paintings” using sand, wood, rock and bone stitched or fastened to the canvas. In 1995, an exhibition honoring his work entitled L’art Duguay presented 123 of his paintings, prints and ceramic pieces at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.

Duguay received grants from the Province of New Brunswick in 1992, and the Canada Arts Council in 1993. His art works are part of the collections of the Fédération des Caisses populaires acadiennes, of the Canadian Council Art Bank, of the New Brunswick Art Bank, of Loto-Québec, of the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen of the Université de Moncton, of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, and of several private collections.

An influential artist in the Acadian community, the painter, drawer, sculptor, ceramist, printmaker and graphic designer Guy Duguay died in 1996.