Duncan de Kergommeaux RCA, is a first generation Canadian of Breton descent born in northern BC in 1927. His career as an artist has spanned more than six decades beginning in 1951 at the Banff School of Fine Arts then Victoria BC under the Czech artist Jan Zach. Early influences were Piet Mondrian whose writings inspired much of his early work and Hans Hofmann with whom he studied in the smmer of 1955and whose theories informed his teaching for many years.
In 1953 he moved to Ottawa where in 1955 he had his first solo exhibition. Since, he has had over 50 solo exhibitions and participated in as many national group shows including the Third and Sixth Biennials of Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). During 1967-68 the NGC circulated his work with that of George de Niverville across Canada in a two-person exhibition.
His carreer includes four survey exhibitions. Two at Museum London in London Ontario, one at the Windsor Art Gallery and one at Carleton University Art Gallery. “An Art of Ordered Sensations” curated by Mathew Teitlebaum in 1986 ; “Process Structure Meaning” curated by José L. Bario-Garay in 1995; “Gridlocked” curated by Katie Cholette in 1999 and “Grid Paintings” curated by Robert McKaskell in 2000. A partial retrospective, “ These are the Marks I Make” curated by Andrea Fatona and Cassandra Getty was exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2010 and Museum London in 2011. The exhibition catalogue, sponsored by Trinity Development Foundation of Ottawa, includes critical essays by Bernard Bonario, Emily Falvey and an interview with Andrea Fatona.
During the 1970’s through 1993 he was a professor and head of studio art at Western University and received three full-year study leaves to work full time on his art in Paris and New York where he kept a working studio for several years.
His paintings have been widely collected by private individuals and corporate and public institutions, including: NGC , Art Gallery of Ontario, Ottawa Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery, Museum London, McIntosh Gallery at Western University, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada Council Art Bank , The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery St. John’s Newfoundland; J.C.Penny, Abitibi Price, Ciba-Geigy, Royal Bank, Scotiabank
In 2000 he retired back to the Ottawa area and his Gatineau Hills studio.