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Although the title of this piece seems nonchalant, René Lalonde’s “Just for the Fun of It” represents a complicated bouquet of artistic elements both old and new. The vibrant colors and eccentric shapes exemplify his fancy-free style of painting but one must take a closer look to experience this piece in its entirety. Lalonde has taken the normal still life and shaken it up by creating movement, an element not often seen in his works. The cubist flowers are floating in space as if they had been tossed in the air like confetti. One is not sure if the vase is about to tip over or rise to join its contents in the air. It appears to be defying gravity as the left-leaning vase is balanced by the jumble of flowers, with its geometric foliage reaching to the right. The levitating piano keys scattered throughout the piece are also a delightful reference to Lalonde’s second passion – music.
“Just for the Fun of It” is an expertly-crafted, 27.75 x 50 – inch hand-pulled 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.