Don Denton/Boulevard September 2015 - Artist Carollyne Yardley with her painting Skinner's Horse at Winchester Galleries..

Don Denton/Boulevard
September 2015 – Artist Carollyne Yardley with her painting Skinner’s Horse at Winchester Galleries..

Carollyne is a visual artist and formerly a creative director, and her work is informed by both these disciplines. She received a Bachelor of Art from the University of Victoria, where she completed a Double Major in Psychology, and History in Art. She also studied at the Visual Arts Department (Faculty of Fine Art, University of Victoria), Victoria College of Art, and The Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Squirrealism” is a self-coined term used to describe her signature style of fine artwork employing squirrels, hybrid humans, and masks, which have separated themselves into distinct bodies such as “meditation or spiritual striving”, “metamorphosis”, “identity” yet what they have in common is an ongoing investigation into the animation of the human existence.

Carollyne’s detailed oil paintings riff on neo-classical works by masters such as John Singleton Copley, who painted a portrait of his half brother, Henry, playing with his pet flying squirrel, then as subjects in their own right in intricate portraits exploring both therianthropy, like shapeshifting creatures depicted in ancient cave drawings, and theriocephaly, like the animal-headed humanoid forms of gods depicted in ancient Egyptian religion (such as Ra, Sobek, Anubis).

Metamorphosis and supernatural ability were further examined when artist Chief Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw), invited Carollyne to collaborate on Ravenous, a two person exhibition which used personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing. Combining the indigenous story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, and the pop culture Archie McPhee squirrel mask, acting as a trick for the mind, Ravenous opened the doors of traditional cultural iconography and created a spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

Carollyne Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, online weblogs, and the covers of several books and magazines. She was also successful in maintaining her registered trademark Carollyne® after being subjected to an expungement proceeding by a large U.S. toy manufacturer .

She is represented by Winchester Galleries (Victoria, BC), and Fazakas Gallery (Vancouver, BC).


A storyteller at heart, my work is based on imaginary characters, misfits, and alienation. Or perhaps, an alien nation. The “mask” has become a symbol describing misfits, hiding behind animated personas, odd and beautifully unusual.

Through the meticulous and minute brushwork of pre-modernist oil painting traditions, my work incorporates allegory and surrealism to explore psychological truths and complexities about the human condition. Even without a human face, my paintings maintain the essence of a portrait, immediately conveying humour and personality — followed by budding uncertainty about the characters and the secrets* they keep.

My background as the founder, co-owner and  creative director of a software application, and web development company left me with an enduring interest in observing first impressions and monitoring user experiences based on visual cues. We tend to identify people / businesses based on their outward appearance, or brand. Our heuristic reasoning is powered by pattern recognition and association. When applied to social interaction, this makes us natural stereotypers. By replacing the human face with a mask, the viewer is forced to contemplate the identity of the entity within, and is manipulated into classifying the characters based on arbitrary features such as clothing and hairstyle.

I am currently exploring themes through the repetition of  imagery, masks, brand development, identity, pop culture, and absurdity.

2008  Present, Artist
2007  Present, Founder, Blogger, Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia
1997 – 2010 Past, Founder, Co-owner, Creative Director, Star Global Advanced IT Corp. Ltd.

University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Department, attended 2 years
University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts (Concurrent Degree Program. Psychology. History in Art), 1997
Victoria College of Art, Continuing studies, 2008-09
Ryder Studio School, Portrait painting with Tony Ryder, 2009

2017: Fazakas Gallery, “TBA”, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Vancouver, BC, April, 2017.
2014: Alcheringa Gallery, “Ravenous”, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, June 23 – July 19. Weblog.

2016: Art Toronto, Fazakas Gallery, Oct 28-31.

2016: Fazakas Gallery, “Divergent Convergence”,  June 25 – Aug 31, Vancouver, BC. Weblog.
2016: Open Space Arts Society, “Imaginary Friends”, March 11-April 9, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2015: Winchester Galleries, “Winter Exhibition”, Nov 28 – Dec 23, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2015: Massey Gallery (AGGV), “Christmas Show and Sale”, Nov 26 – Jan 04, Victoria, BC. Weblog
2015: Fazakas Gallery, “SHE Diversity in Feminism “, May 23rd – June 20, Vancouver, BC. Weblog.
2014: Martin Batchelor Gallery, “Co-Mix Art”, Aug 15-16, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2014: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Paint-In”, July 19, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2014: Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, “Pride in Art, The Queer Truth and Nothing But”, June 27 – July 6, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2013: Slide Room Gallery, “Difference and Repetition”, Nov 01 – Dec 02, Victoria, BC. Weblog
2013: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards”, Oct 17-Nov 10, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2013: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “House Tour”, Artist in Residence, Victoria, BC.
2013: Madrona Gallery, “Colours of Summer”, July- August, Victoria, BC.
2013  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Paint-In”, July 20, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2013  Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, “Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland”, Feb 27-Mar., Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  Apartment Gallery, “Christmas Salon and Exhibition”, Dec. 01-31, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Christmas Small Works” (Juried), Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  Apartment Gallery, “Grand Opening with Lu Jun – Wind Lotus”, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Summer Small Works Exhibition” (Juried), Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  Sidney Fine Art Show (Juried), Sidney, BC. Weblog.
2012  Sooke Fine Art Show (Adjudicated), Sooke, BC. Weblog.
2012  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Paint-In”, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  Madrona Gallery, “Pride Art Exhibition”, June 30 – July 7, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2012  INDEXG, “Art Rainbow”, July 28 – August 30, Toronto, ON. Weblog.
2012  Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, “Boudoir”, Feb 10- March 01, Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2011  The Sculpture Studio, “Never Dine Alone”, November 04th -13, Victoria, BC. Weblog.  

2013  Apartment Gallery, “Romancing the Squirrel“, Victoria, BC

2013 Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Canada


2016 Blazenhoff, Rusty, “Rusty’s Electric Dreams.” Inbox Zine. April’s Artist in Residence. Weblog.z
2016 White, Laurie. “Seriously Silly, Horse Heads and Flower Beards in the Work of Carollyne Yardley.” Analogue Magazine. Dec/Jan., pgs. 14-16. Print.
2016 Wright, Andy. “From Portrait Painters to College Applicants, Squirrel Obsessives Through the Ages.” Atlas Obscura. Jan 07, 2016 Weblog.
2015 Lundy, Susan. “Secrets and Lives: Carollyne Yardley, Artist.” Boulevard Magazine. Sept 2015. Print.
2015 Thomson, John. “Canadian Artist Goes Squirrely.” DZine Trip Design Magazine. June 11, 2015. Weblog.
2015 Becker, Noah. “Guerrilla Girls Inspired Exhibition Opens in Vancouver.” Whitehot Magazine. May, 2015. Weblog
2015 Blazenhoff, Rusty. “Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask by Carollyne Yardley.” Blazenfluff. 19 May, 2015. Weblog.
2015 Dobby, Emily. “The Artful Home. Carollyne Yardley: Contemporary Pop “Squirrealism” At Home Magazine. May/June 2015. Print.
2014 Amos, Robert. “First Nations Art, meet squirrels.” Times Colonist. 29 June 2014: D7. Print.
2014 Cino, Kate. “Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley.” Editorial. Art Openings. 16 June 2014. Weblog.
2014 Willey, Philip. “Ravenous: Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook by Philip Willey.” Web log post. Exhibit-V. N.p., 28 June 2014.
2014 Madden, Aaren. “Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery.” Editorial. Focus Magazine. June 2014. VOL. 26 NO.9, pgs. 32-33. Print.
2014 Simcoe, Luke. “B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark.” Editorial. Metro News. 29 April 2014. Web log.
2014 Fisher, Gavin. “B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight.” Editorial. Globe and Mail. 29 April 2013. Web.
2014 McCulloch, Sandra. “Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark to her own name.” Editorial. Times Colonist. 30 April 2014. Front page, A1. Print.
2014 Hopper, Tristin. “Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name.” Editorial. National Post. Front Banner, Pg. A1. 28 April 2014. Print.
2014 Lus, Steven. “It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.” Editorial. CBC News, Vancouver, BC. 28 April 2014. Web log.
2014 Editorial. “Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark.” Huffington Post. 28 April 2014. Web log.
2013 Schlauch, Matthew, “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards” Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013, pg. 19. Print.
2013 Willey, Philip. “Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand and Paul Dowd at AGGV.”  Exhibit-V. N.p., 28 Oct 2013. Weblog.
2013 Smart, Amy. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.” Editorial. Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 17 Oct. 2013: C6. Print.
2013 Coach House Books, Cover, Fall 2013 Catalogue, Toronto, Ontario. 17 April 2013. Print.
2013 Wahl, David. “Our recent post about Carollyne’s Saint Squirrel and Pope Pinenuts” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!  18 Mar 2013. Web log.
2013 Lindsay, Teresa. “Revealing an Incredible Journey through Pop Surrealism.” Web log., 21 Feb. 2013. 
2013 Beneteau, Nicole. “Artists Take a Crack at Carroll Classic.” Print. Nexus Newspaper RSS., 18 Feb. 2013.
2013 Jones, Kate. “Romancing the Squirrel in the Studio.” Pennello Lane, Creative Canadian Women. N.p., 12 Feb. 2013.Weblog post.
2013 Keiran Wilson (Author), Imitations of Eternity, St. Gengulphus’ Publishing, Feb 2013, Cover. Print.
2013 Focus Magazine, Cover, vol. 25., no. 5, February 2013 Print. 
2013 Madden, Aaren. “The Unbearable Lightness of Squirrels.” Editorial. Focus Magazine 01 Feb. 2013: 16-17. Print.
2013 Focus Magazine, Advertisement, January 2013: pg. 13 Print. 
2013 Threlfall, John. “Culture Goes Pop.” Editorial. Yam Magazine Jan/Feb 2013: 16-17. Print.
2012 Willey, Philip. “Days in the Life.” Illus. by Carollyne Yardley pg. 13. Victoria, BC. Ahndai Books, 2012. Weblog.
2012 Wahl, David. “Hey Look, It’s a Gingerbread Squirrel!” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!  7 Dec. 2012. Web log.
2012 Focus Magazine, Cover, vol. 25., no. 3, December 2012 Print. 
2012 Monday Magazine, Cover 3829, July 2012. Print. Web log.
2012 Green, MaryEllen. “Artist Is Nuts for Squirrels.” Monday Magazine, pg, 8. July 19, 2012. Print. Weblog Post.
2012 Wahl, David. “As Many of You Probably Know by Now, We Have A Soft Spot for Squirrels | Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!” 27 June 2012. Web log
2012 Willey, Philip. “Blair, Yardley, Schultz and the Pop Sensibility by Philip Willey.” Exhibit-V. May 12, 2012. Web log post.
2012 Patience, Kaitlyn. “Artist Spotlight on Carollyne Yardley.” Pamplemousse! 13 Apr. 2012. Web.
2012 Wolters, Shanice. ” The Girl with the Squirrels.” 04 Apr. 2012. Web log.
2012 Bart Koubaa (Author), Cover of “De Brooklyn Club”, Querido Publishing. 01 Jan 2012. Print.
2011 Wood, Christine. “The Business of Art.” Kendall Wood. 07 Dec. 2011. Weblog post.
2011 Robert, Amos. “Treasures of Oak Bay Galleries.” Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 20 Aug. 2011: D5. Print.
2011 DHaem, Jim. “Geisha Girl Squirrel (and QR Code).” Web log post. QR Code Artist. N.p., 11 Sept.2011.
2011 Anita.”Don’t Miss This Squirrelly Art Show at Ferris’ Oyster Bar.” N.p., 28 Apr. 2011. Web.

2010 Quiroz, Efren, “Carollyne Yardley: Artist of the Month.” 04 Oct. 2010. Weblog post.


2016 CTV News, Andrew, Johnson. “Victoria artist wins trademark name fight.” March 31, 2016. Television.
2015 CILS.FM 107.9, “Paroles d’artists”, Francophone Radio Station of Victoria with Maude de Blois, Radio.
2014 Exhibit-V, Efren Quiroz, “Ravenous: Opening Reception.” July 8, 2014. (11:11). YouTube.
2014 Exhibit-V, Efren Quiroz, “Ravenous by Carollyne Yardley & Rande Cook.” June 28 2014. (23:34). YouTube.
2014 Exhibit-V, Efren Quiroz, “Report.” May 21, 2014. (2:37-4:42). YouTube.
2014 Global News, Kylie Stanton, “Vancouver Island artist takes on U.S. toymaker over name.” April 28, 2014. Television.
2014 CBC News Vancouver, Eric Rankin,”Mattel’s American Girl name fight.” April 28, 2014. April 28, 2014. Television.
2014 CTV Vancouver Island, Chandler Grieves, “Victoria artist takes on toy giant.” April 28, 2014. Television.
2014 Shaw TV, Go! Island, Karen Elgersma, “Victoria Whisky Festival, Society Squirrel Painting.” Jan 18, 2014. Television.
2014 CBC Radio, As It Happens, Carol Off, “Canadian artist takes on giant toymaker Mattel over trademark of her name.” (Radio Listen Now 5:25)
2013 Steele, Jen. “#Strangelings Video”, Oct 24, 2013. Youtube.
2013 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz, “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards.” Oct 24, 2013. Youtube.
2013 CTV News, News at 5, Adam Sawatsky, “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards.” October 18, 2013. Television.
2013 Shaw TV, Dan Kahan. “The Kahan Show.” Aug 23-24, 2013. My Acting Debut as a Therap-artist. Television.
2013 CTV News, News at 6, “26th Annual TD PAINT IN”. Intro Segment at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. July 20, 2013. Youtube.
2013 Exhibit-V, Efren Quiroz,. “Romancing the Squirrel.” February 23, 2013.YouTube.
2013 CTV News, News at 5, Adam Sawatsky, “Romancing the Squirrel.” Feb 21, 2013. Television.
2013 CFAX1070, Eye on the Arts with Adam Sawatsky, “Romancing the Squirrel.” Feb 16-17, 2013.Radio.
2013 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz. Dec 09, 2012, Christmas Salon, The Apartment Gallery. YouTube.
2012 CTV News, News at 5, Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle.” July 20, 2012. Moss Street Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.Television.
2012 Eye on the Arts with Adam Sawatsky.” CFAX1070, July 15th. Moss Street Paint In. Radio.
2012 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz. Oct 01, 2012. Grand Opening of The Apartment Gallery with Lu Jun. YouTube.
2012 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz. Jul 01, 2012. Pride Art Exhibition, Madrona Gallery. Exhibit-V. YouTube.
2012 29er Radio, The Growler Hour with Eric Bramble. Jan 10, 2012. Interview with Carollyne Yardley. Podcast.
2011 Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia. Nov 06, 2011. Never Dine Alone, Sculpture Studio. YouTube.
2011 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz.” Nov. 05, 2011. Never Dine Alone.” Youtube.
2011 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz. Nov 12, 2011. Carollyne Yardley talks about, Never Dine Alone. Exhibit-V. YouTube.
2011 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz. Aug 5, 2011. Friends and Other Funny Folks, Red Art Gallery. YouTube.
2011 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz.May 05, 2011. Secret Squirrels Show, Ferris’ Upstairs. YouTube.
2010 Shaw TV, The Daily Show with Karen Elgersma. Oct 2010. Interview with Carollyne Yardley. Television.
2010 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz. Nov 05, 2010. Big Eyed Ladies Show. YouTube.

2016 Guest Speaker, Sidney Fine Art Show Opening Night, October 2016.
2013 Guest Presenter, Studio 30, Les Passmore Centre, Nov 2013.
2013 Guest Speaker, Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society, May 2013.
2012  Guest Speaker, PechaKucha, Volume 11, DIY Edition
2012 Guest Speaker, “From Pixels to Paint”, yoUnlimited, November 7, 2012
2012  Artist in Residence, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Integrate Arts Walk, Aug 4. Weblog.

2013 – Favourite Emerging Visual Artist 2013, Monday Magazine “M” Awards. Weblog.
2012 – Best 2 Dimensional, Sooke Fine Art Show (Adjudicated), Sooke, BC. Weblog.

2013 Yardley, Carollyne, “Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards.” Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery. Victoria, BC
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Bun Anus Project.” Victoria, BC. Weblog.
2011  Yardley, Carollyne, “Never Dine Alone.” The Sculpture StudioVictoria, BC. Weblog.

2014  Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, 15th annual LOOK Show, Victoria, BC.
2012  Victoria Emerging Art Awards, Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, Victoria, BC. Weblog.


2016 Yardley, Carollyne. “New York Galleries and Museums with a side of Cyndi Lauper and Boy George at the Beacon. Weblog.
2015 Yardley, Carollyne. “Art Toronto, Feature International Art Fair 2015.” Weblog.
2015 Yardley, Carollyne. “London Frieze 2015, Frieze Masters, Waldemar Januszczak, Barbara Hepworth, Frank Auerbach, Giacometti, Ai Weiwei and more.” Weblog.
2015 Yardley, Carollyne. “Seattle Art Fair, Out of Sight, Seattle Art Museum, Geoffrey Farmer, and Rande Cook. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Robert Amos – Studio Visit and Exploring Japanese Prints.” Oct 2014. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Whisky, Cashmere, and a Self Guided Art Tour of Edinburgh’s Art Museums, Scotland.” Oct. 2014. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Boston Museum of Fine Art to Philadelphia Art Museum – Self Guided Art Education.” Sept 2014. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne.”London Calling: Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, BP Portrait Awards.” July 2014. Weblog.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Palm Springs Art Museum + Vegas.” December 30, 2013. Weblog post.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “London to Amsterdam.” September 26, 2013. Weblog post.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Birgit Piskor Studio Show”. March 9, 2013. Weblog post.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Washington, DC Galleries and Museums Tour, September 2012. January 08, 2013. Weblog.
2012 Yardley, Carollyne. ” Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA. ft. Josh Keyes and John Brophy. Nov 24, 2012. Weblog.
2012 Yardley, Carollyne. “Noah Becker Paintings, Pen Drawing and Studio Tour. May 31, 2012. Weblog.
2012 Yardley, Carollyne. “Ernest Marza, Canadian painter, world of art nouveau. May 14, 2012. Weblog.
2012 Yardley, Carollyne. “Steve Chmilar”. April 28, 2012. Weblog.
2012 Yardley, Carollyne. “Dale Roberts, Sculptor and Studio Tour. Jan 25, 2012. Weblog.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “New York, Tony Bennett, and ART. Sept 26, 2011. Weblog.

2015 Yardley, Carollyne. “Trademark Carollyne.” Youtube.
2015 Yardley, Carollyne. “Horse Heads, Squirrel Masks, and Painting. May, 2015. Youtube.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “Funny Face Squirrels on The Avenue.” July 13, 2011. Youtube.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “NYC Squirrel Love.” NYC. Sept 26, 2011. Youtube.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “Afterlife Curated by Jim D’Amato.” NYC. Sept 24, 2011. Youtube
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “Never Dine Alone Art Opening.” November 6, 2011. Youtube.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “Secret Squirrels.” April 26, 2011. Youtube.

2016 Art Image Donation, A Fundraiser for Syrian refugees. March 2016. Weblog.
2016 Celebrity Waiter, Tip a Fool, Greater Victoria Citizens Counseling Center. April 2016. Weblog.
2015 Participating Artist, 7th Annual Blue Bridge Theatre Fundraiser, Winchester Galleries Oct 2015. Weblog.
2015 Participating Artist, ArtBeat Vancouver, July 25th, 2015. Website
2015 Chair Artist, Take A Seat for Habitat, Habitat for Humanity (Restore) Fundraiser Aug 2015 Weblog.
2014 Tree Judge, BC Children’s Hospital, Festival of Trees, Victoria Conference Centre Nov 2014
2013 Tree Judge, BC Children’s Hospital, Festival of Trees, Victoria Conference Centre Nov 2013
2013 Art Donation, Visions Gala, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Nov 2013.
2013 Art Donation, CNIB Eye Appeal 2013, May 10, 2013. Weblog.
2013 Celebrity Waiter, Tip a Fool, Greater Victoria Citizens Counseling Center. Weblog.
2012  Lady Gaga, Float Character, Oak Bay Avenue Tea Party. Weblog.
2012  Exhibitor, Victoria Steam Exposition. Weblog.

*The term Secret Squirrel takes it’s cue from a Hanna Barbera cartoon show that was a parody of the spy genre; one of the characters was a squirrel.