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About the WorkBlending the traditions of surrealism, cubism, and Fauvism, the artwork of René Lalonde approaches us with both the emotional force of vivid and unusual color and the simplicity of flattened out planes, bringing the everyday to life with extraordinary intensity. Though his works are vibrant and intense, they somehow project a sense of calm, serenity, and at times easygoing buoyancy, leaving us wondering as to the nature of this paradoxical effect.
René Lalonde calls “Celestial Love Affair "a new approach for a new millennium." Showing his romantic and spiritual side here, Lalonde presents to us an otherworldly take on a rather well-covered subject. He creates an image that is without question a still life. Yet this unconventional floral display presents unnaturally shaped blooms and oddly configured leaves, all infused with a ray of light, shining at an angle from above and suggesting a higher power. Simultaneously, he infuses bursts of Fauvist color inspired by the early 1900s movement in which color reigned supreme. “Celestial Love Affair” is splashed with dazzling and unnatural greens, blues and the fiery red that is often associated with deep passion.
“Celestial Love Affair” is an expertly-crafted 30 x 30 – inch hand-pulled serigraph on gesso board in an edition of 237, each hand-signed by the artist.
About the Artist
Lalonde was born in Montreal in 1950, the oldest of four children in a working-class family. He was drawn to the arts at an early age and bought his first serious set of paints, brushes, and canvases at age 12. He proved to be graced with a rich imagination, which flourished during his time spent at boarding school, a confining though ultimately inspiring environment. As the tumultuous 1960s unfolded, Lalonde was swept up in the excitement of rock and roll, the Beatles, and what was to become known as the “British Invasion.” The artistic movements spawned in the psychedelic revolution particularly drew Lalonde, leading him to the works of surrealists like Magritte, Dali and Ernst as he explored his own creative drive.