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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.
“Friendship Bouquet” shows us a familiar subject matter, a vase of flowers. In Lalonde’s own inimitable way, however, the flowers are not quite real, in fact, he calls them “invented.” The fun in inventing things, he says, “is that because they don’t actually exist, the possibilities are endless for their shape, and color”. The vase exhibits another characteristic of Lalonde’s artworks: the rearrangement of elements in the image. Not only in its somewhat abstract presentation, but also in that the people, the world, the stars, are inside the vase – looking out at us. Their little world gives a very intriguing and romantic feeling to the image, which appears all the more vibrant and refined against the demure grey background. One beautiful thing begets another, and each stands as a radiant symbol of happiness and positive energy.
“Friendship Bouquet” is an expertly-crafted, 28 x 50 – 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.