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About the Work
Blending 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.
“House with a View” depicts a cliffside retreat, hoisted high up on to the green hills, looking down towards the water. The small details shine from within this Corbusier home where a white, angular facade gives way to the warm-red colored walls inside. Though the home is lit from inside the main source of light comes from the bright rosy-hued glow of the moon. Dwarfing the contemporary home, the pink moon emphasizes just how high up this getaway is from the rest of the world.
“House a with a View” is a 30 x 30 – inch acrylic on canvas
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.