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René Lalonde exudes happiness in his personality and his art. Saturated in joyful color, his works express the comfort of home and family and the positive energy that radiates from all living things. In “Cosmic Bouquet” we see Cubist elements combined with a psychedelic influence in the unstructured shapes of the foliage, reminiscent of the 1960s. The 1960s - in part characterized by the explosion of rock music, poised an emerging generation who gave new meaning to the phrase "freedom of expression" - played a central role in Lalonde’s artistic development. As a young man who was in his late teens at the time, he became an avid follower of the Beatles, Warhol, and Lichtenstein. He also experienced first-hand the excitement of the international race to reach outer space, which hit a high point when Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon's surface in 1969. His choice of the word "cosmic" in the title of this work is certainly not coincidental.
“Cosmic Bouquet” is an expertly-rendered 18 x 50 – inch serigraph on gesso board in an edition of 237, each hand-signed by 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.