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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.
René Lalonde expresses happiness in his personality and his art. Saturated in joyful color, his work exudes the comfort of home and family and the positive energy that radiates from all living things. It is only artistically natural that one of his works would be named “Joyful Eye”. In “Joyful Eye” we see Cubist elements combined with a psychedelic influence in the unstructured shapes of the flowers, reminiscent of the 1960s. The 1960s - in part characterized by the explosion of rock music and an emerging generation who gave new meaning to the phrase "freedom of expression" - played a central role in Lalonde’s artistic development.
“Joyful Eye” is an expertly-rendered 57.5 x 33.75 – 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.