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A part of every artist's training, even if informal, is the requisite still life class. The still life carries a long and distinguished lineage, with artists from every century, style and corner of the world contributing to its heritage. Artists in many schools of abstract painting, beginning with Cezanne and continuing to the present day, turned their backs on the more straightforward and objective representation of still life and developed myriad varieties of treating the subject, concentrating on color, form, and composition.
René Lalonde has obviously drawn on this more recent legacy in “Healthy Still Lifestyle”. The title is an amusing play on words, combining the genre of still life and its iconic imagery of fruit with the more modern phrase of lifestyle. Lalonde, whose sense of humor is one of his most endearing traits, might even be giving a mischievous nod towards the healthy properties of fruit! He puts his own twist on the still life as well, inserting Cubist and almost Pop-like elements, in the composition and the coloring.
“Healthy Still Lifestyle” is an expertly-crafted 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.