Feb 2nd 2019

René Lalonde

@ Martin Lawrence Galleries

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Opening Saturday, February 2nd, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Wednesday, December 31st

Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) – Schaumburg, Illinois is delighted to welcome back René Lalonde and present new dynamic works including large abstracts and Lalonde’s highly original “Dream Houses.”

Curated entirely from MLG’s extensive collection of works, the gallery (located in the Woodfield Mall) will also host the Artist, in person, on February 2nd from 6:00PM-8: 00 PM

“I once thought if I ever wrote a book on my life one day, I would want it entitled “The extraordinary story of ordinary life.”-René Lalonde

Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) discovered the glory of Rene Lalonde at the New York Art Expo nearly 20 years ago and has been exclusively showcasing his work ever since. Blending the traditions of surrealism, cubism, and Fauvism, Lalonde grabs viewers with both the emotional force of vivid and unusual color and the simplicity of flattened out planes. Also, along the way, it charges everyday life with extraordinary intensity. Lalonde’s work inspires joy and elicits smiles. Lalonde is an artist who works with the vibrancy and excitement of color, yet somehow projects a sense of calm, serenity-an easygoing buoyancy-in his work. His use of house imagery intentionally conjures up coziness, warmth and the security we are all searching for in life.

According to Lalonde, without experimentation, there is no progress. Lalonde is a risk taker – an artistic force unphased by norms of society and born out of a culture and period of rebellion. There is indescribable magic that occurs when you glance upon one of his paintings – his boldness in combining paradoxical styles and influences should fail, but it succeeds to an extraordinary degree. The saying goes that opposites attract, but here they join forces to create a unique new experience for the viewer which is unmatched by the artist’s contemporaries. Lalonde’s gift is to make the complex accessible. He lives and works without fear, and his experimentation is the key to his genius.

“The primary goal for me is to create images with one idea in mind – To bring a sense of pleasure to the viewer, whether it is peace or joy or stillness. Doing that in stressful times, creating places where people can go and hide from a crazy world is the most important thing I can accomplish as an artist”.-René Lalonde

Rene Lalonde was born into a working-class Montreal family and bought his first serious sets of paints, brushes, and canvases at age 12. As the 1960s unfolded, Lalonde was swept up in the excitement of rock and roll, the Beatles and the artistic movements that helped spawn the psychedelic revolution. His works “Futurama Trailor Park by the Sea” and “Comfy Bird House” are influenced by his fauvist approach with color values and characteristics that are precise and descriptive. He attended the L’Ecole du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal-a school attached to The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts-and discovered the Cubism of Picasso and the color and infused light of Parrish and Chagall. To date, his career includes over 175 solo exhibits worldwide.

Come join Martin Lawrence Galleries for an exceptional exhibition by contemporary artist René Lalonde showcasing fascinating new original works on canvas and meet this “freeform art rebel” of Cubism and Surrealism.

Martin Lawrence Galleries
Woodfield Mall
5 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173

February 2nd, 2019, 6:00PM – 8:00PM + RSVP (630) 954-3033 + WOODFIELD@MARTINLAWRENCE.COM

About Martin Lawrence Galleries
Since 1975, Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG), headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut with nine galleries nationwide including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, La Jolla, Maui, and online atmartinlawrence.com, has assisted and advised collectors in acquiring fine art. (MLG), with its unparalleled collection of treasures, specializes in unique paintings and limited-edition graphics and sculpture by Warhol, Haring, Murakami, Chagall, Picasso, and Erté. Over the last 15 years, it has lent nearly 250 artworks by 16 different artists to 32 museums around the world, and proudly publishes works by artists including Kondakova, Hallam, Bertho, Fressinier, Lalonde and Deyber. For more information visit www.martinlawrence.com.

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For more information or an interview and/or gallery tour:
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