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René Lalonde had Hawaii in mind when he painted “Tropical Delight”. Freedom, in both an artistic and personal sense, is an important element in Lalonde's artwork and personality. “Tropical Delight” evokes enjoyment and the freedom to pursue it. He instills freedom to intertwine the sea, sky, and sand with bursts of vivid, out of the norm colors, as well as the freedom to let the image completely take you away.
“Tropical Delight” is a 48 x 24 – inch acrylic on canvas.
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.