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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.
The element of light is key to every Lalonde artwork, giving form to the geometric planes that are present in many of his images and enhancing the color palette to give a particular vibrancy to the rich tones. In “The Tide is High”, René Lalonde brings us to his own version of paradise, created with his signature presentation of vivid Fauvist coloration blended with a cubist and abstract visual style. He shows a beach unlike any we have ever seen, once again paying homage to Picasso's superimposition of geometric shapes onto landscapes. The Surrealist in him offers the scene as one that is somewhat off-balance, leaving us to wonder at - rather than figure out - what we are seeing.
“The Tide is High” is an expertly crafted 29 x 35 – 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.