If Guy Ducornet is mostly known in France for his essays about Surrealism and his numerous translations, his career as a poet, visual artist and teacher has taken him from art galleries in Paris, New York, Toronto or Denver to half a dozen campuses in the United States and Canada, where he has taught French language and literature as well as Art history, drawing, painting and ceramics. At the same time (with Rikki Ducornet from 1962 to 1991) he has taken an active part in the Surrealist adventure in the U.S.A. since the sixties with the Chicago Surrealist Movement founded by Penelope and Franklin Rosemont, as well as with Edouard Jaguer’s PHASES Movement in Paris after 1970.

Whether it was as a school teacher for two years in newly independent Algeria or as a potter for a decade in his Loire Valley medieval village of Puy Notre-Dame in the eighties, Guy Ducornet has never ceased varying his perspectives and activities in order to nourish his poetic or pictorial works while avoiding any form of routine.

Enigmatic visions

By means of hundreds of glazed & fired works, of drawings, prints and paintings disseminated around the world, Guy Ducornet had never ceased renewing his enigmatic visions nor his approaches of reality, his sensitive or critical reactions to an eternally changing world – as imperfect as it is fascinating. Such labyrinthine peregrinations have always attempted to follow various paths, illuminated by André Breton’s “Break of Day”, “Earthshine” or “Lamp in the Clock”; Gaston Bachelard’s “Flame of a Candle”, or the scent of Wild Geraniums. On so many solitary roads, the red and black banners of Surrealism have never stopped fluttering.