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 “alchemy,” “metamorphosis,” “identity,” yet what they hold in common is an ongoing investigation into the animation of the human existence.
Yardley’s richly detailed oil paintings began by reinterpreting the 18th century phenomenon of painting squirrels as pets, and in still life imagery. Masks and hybrid humans emerged next, with portraits exploring both therianthropy (the ancient belief of shapeshifting, and animal ancestors), and theriocephaly (animal-headed humanoid forms such as the ancient Egyptian gods Ra, Sobek, and Anubis).
Shapeshifting, humanoid forms, and masks were further examined in her work when artist Chief Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw), invited Carollyne to collaborate on Ravenous (2014), a two person exhibition which used personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing. Their second collaboration, Shapeshifting (April 2017) included the history of Northwest Coast portrait masks, allegories for understanding adaption, the role of balance, and the necessity of bringing traditional forms of Northwest Coast design to the forefront of contemporary art.
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).
According to Pythagorus, the rational mind, once freed from the body, assumes an ethereal vehicle and passes into the region of the dead where it remains until it is sent back to this world to inhabit some other body, human or animal. The concept of reincarnation reminds me of two pivotal moments in my life that took place several years ago. The first was when my career as a creative in high tech completed its life cycle and I was freed to reinvent myself. The second was the day I happened upon a dying squirrel in my garden. My attempts to rescue this sentient being had a strong effect on me. A short while later the elements of the experience were transmuted into my artwork – and thus, Squirrealism was born.
Squirrealism is a self-coined term used to propose the unexpected interconnections between humans and non-humans within a shared urban landscape. My portraits of imaginary hybrid-humans aims to break down the barrier between humans and non-humans to create dialogue. My works are not intended to be a projection of self, but as a non-hierarchical, non-binary consideration of being, a recognition of “we” in the evolution of universal consciousness, and our shared interconnected subconscious. My artworks of squirrels as hybrid-humans are not concerned with assimilation of non-humans as humans, but with a levelling of hierarchy.
My body of work visually interprets a cross species dialogue by translating the visual, sonic, gestural, and social data I’ve collected by observing the free range Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in my urban garden. A storyteller at heart, I am also influenced by secret* squirrels, misfits, and alienation. Or perhaps, an alien nation.
2010-2018 Artist: Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia
1997-2012 Founder, Co-owner, Creative Director: Star Global Advanced IT Corp. Ltd.
(A pioneer in web development and software applications. Star Global was a boutique agency of 5 staff, serving over 700 clients throughout North America).
1997 Bachelor of Arts, (concurrent Double Major Psychology, History in Art) – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.
2 years Visual Arts Department – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.
2018 Seattle Art Fair, Fazakas Gallery, Seattle, USA.
2018 Papier Montréal , Fazakas Gallery, Montréal, Canada.
2017 Art Toronto, Fazakas Gallery; Toronto, Canada.
2016 Art Toronto, Fazakas Gallery; Toronto, Canada.
2013 Romancing the Squirrel. Apartment Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2017 In the Mood for Love, Poly Cultural Art Centre; Vancouver, Canada
2017 FIVE, Winchester Galleries; Victoria, Canada.
2017 SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery; Vancouver, Canada.
2016 All Together is the Best Example, Fazakas Gallery; Vancouver, Canada.
2016 Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery; Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2016 Imaginary Friends. Open Space Arts Society; Victoria, Canada.
2015 Winter Exhibition. Winchester Galleries; Victoria, Canada.
2015 Christmas Show and Sale. Massey Gallery (AGGV); Victoria, Canada.
2015 SHE: Diversity in Feminism. Fazakas Gallery; Vancouver, Canada.
2014 Co-Mix Art. Martin Batchelor Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2014 Paint In. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Victoria, Canada.
2014 Pride in Art, The Queer Truth and Nothing But. Fifty Fifty Arts Collective; Victoria, Canada.
2013 Difference and Repetition. Slide Room Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2013 #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards. Massey Gallery (AGGV); Victoria, Canada.
2013 House Tour. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Artist in Residence; Victoria, Canada.
2013 Colours of Summer. Madrona Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2013 Paint In. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Victoria, Canada.
2013 Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland. Fifty Fifty Arts Collective; Victoria, Canada.
2012 Christmas Salon and Exhibition. Apartment Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2012 Christmas Small Works. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada.
2012 Grand Opening with Lu Jun – Wind Lotus. Apartment Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2012 Summer Small Works Exhibition. Massey Gallery (AGGV); Victoria, Canada.
2012 Sidney Fine Art Show; Sidney, Canada.
2012 Sooke Fine Art Show; Sooke, Canada.
2012 Paint In. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Victoria, Canada.
2012 Pride Art Exhibition. Madrona Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2012 Art Rainbow. INDEXG, Art Rainbow; Toronto, Canada.
2012 Boudoir. Victoria Emerging Art Gallery; Victoria, Canada.
2011 Never Dine Alone. (curated by Carollyne Yardley) The Sculpture Studio; Victoria, Canada.
2016 Regan Shrumm, ‘Connecting a Collection’ pp. 20-21, The Art of A. Banana UNPEELED, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Open Space, Victoria, BC. Print.
2013 Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Painting).
2018 Walsh, Meeka. “Papier 18 | Editor’s Picks Day 2” Border Crossings. Weblog.
2018 Pee-wee Herman. “For Squirrel Appreciation Day, check out Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel art!” Peewee.com Jan. Weblog.
2017 Slavens, Kerry. “Do Tell.” Yam Magazine Jan/Feb: pp 74. Print
2016 Balzer, David. “7 Best Bets for Art Toronto – Mask at Fazakas Gallery.” Canadian Art Magazine Oct. Weblog.
2016 Landau, Emily. “The 10 most exciting artists to check out at Art Toronto.” Toronto Life Oct 26. Weblog.
2016 Blazenhoff, Rusty, “Rusty’s Electric Dreams.” Inbox Zine. April’s Artist in Residence6. Weblog.
2016 White, Laurie. “Seriously Silly, Horse Heads and Flower Beards in the Work of Carollyne Yardley.” (review) Analogue Magazine Dec/Jan: pp. 14-16. Print.
2016 Wright, Andy. “From Portrait Painters to College Applicants, Squirrel Obsessives Through the Ages.” Atlas Obscura Jan 07. Weblog.
2015 Lundy, Susan. “Secrets and Lives: Carollyne Yardley, Artist.” Boulevard Magazine Issue Sept., pp. 65. Print.
2015 Thomson, John. “Canadian Artist Goes Squirrely.” DZine Trip Design Magazine June 11. Weblog.
2015 Becker, Noah. “Guerrilla Girls Inspired Exhibition Opens in Vancouver.” Whitehot Magazine Issue May. Weblog
2015 Blazenhoff, Rusty. “Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask by Carollyne Yardley.” Blazenfluff May 19. Weblog.
2015 Dobby, Emily. “The Artful Home. Carollyne Yardley: Contemporary Pop Squirrealism.” (review) At Home Magazine May., pp. 44-45. Print.
2014 Amos, Robert. “First Nations Art, meet squirrels.” (review) Time Colonist June 29: D7 pp. 1.Print.
2014 Cino, Kate. “Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley.” Editorial. Art Openings. 16 June. Weblog.
2014 Willey, Philip. “Ravenous: Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook.”Exhibit-V. N.p., 28 June. Weblog
2014 Madden, Aaren. “Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery.” (review) Focus Magazine VOL. 26 NO.9: pp. 32-33. Print.
2014 Simcoe, Luke. “B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark.” Metro News April 29. Web log.
2014 Fisher, Gavin. “B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight.” Globe and Mail April 29. Web.
2014 McCulloch, Sandra. “Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark to her own name.” Times Colonist April 30: Front page, A1. Print.
2014 Hopper, Tristin. “Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name.” National Post April 28: Front Page p. A1. Print.
2014 Lus, Steven. “It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.” CBC News April 28. Web log.
2014 Editorial. “Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark.” Huffington Post April 28. Web log.
2013 Schlauch, Matthew, “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards” Snapd Magazine Dec., pp. 19. Print.
2013 Willey, Philip. “Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand and Paul Dowd at AGGV.” Exhibit-V. N.p., 28 Oct. Weblog.
2013 Smart, Amy. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.” (review) Times Colonist Oct 17: p. C6. Print.
2013 Coach House Books, Fall 2013 Catalogue, Image on Cover by Carollyne Yardley Toronto, Ontario. April 17. Print.
2013 Wahl, David. “Our recent post about Carollyne’s Saint Squirrel and Pope Pinenuts” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! 18 Mar. Weblog.
2013 Lindsay, Teresa. “Revealing an Incredible Journey through Pop Surrealism.” Vic42.com., 21 Feb. Web log.
2013 Beneteau, Nicole. “Artists Take a Crack at Carroll Classic.” Nexus Newspaper Feb. 18. Print.
2013 Jones, Kate. “Romancing the Squirrel in the Studio.” Pennello Lane, Creative Canadian Women. N.p., 12 Feb.Weblog.
2013 Keiran Wilson (Author), Imitations of Eternity, St. Gengulphus’ Publishing, 3 Feb. Cover. Print.
2013 Focus Magazine, Cover, vol. 25., no. 5, February Print.
2013 Madden, Aaren. “The Unbearable Lightness of Squirrels.” Editorial. Focus Magazine 01 Feb: 16-17. Print.
2013 Focus Magazine, Advertisement, Jan. pg. 13 Print.
2013 Threlfall, John. “Culture Goes Pop.” Editorial. Yam Magazine Jan/Feb: 16-17. Print.
2012 Willey, Philip. “Days in the Life.” Illus. by Carollyne Yardley pg. 13. Victoria, BC. Ahndai Books. Weblog.
2012 Wahl, David. “Hey Look, It’s a Gingerbread Squirrel!” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! 7 Dec. Weblog.
2012 Focus Magazine, Cover, vol. 25., no. 3, December Print.
2012 Monday Magazine, Cover 3829, July. Print. Web log.
2012 Green, MaryEllen. “Artist Is Nuts for Squirrels.” Monday Magazine July: p.8.Print.
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. Web log
2012 Willey, Philip. “Blair, Yardley, Schultz and the Pop Sensibility by Philip Willey.” Exhibit-V. 12 May. Web log
2012 Patience, Kaitlyn. “Artist Spotlight on Carollyne Yardley.” Pamplemousse! 13 Apr. Web.
2012 Wolters, Shanice. ” The Girl with the Squirrels.” 04 Apr. Web log.
2012 Bart Koubaa (Author), Cover of “De Brooklyn Club”, Querido Publishing. 01 Jan. Print.
2011 Wood, Christine. “The Business of Art.” Kendall Wood. 07 Dec. Weblog post.
2011 Robert, Amos. “Treasures of Oak Bay Galleries.” Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 20 Aug. D5. Print.
2011 DHaem, Jim. “Geisha Girl Squirrel (and QR Code).” QR Code Artist. N.p., 11 Sept. Web log
2011 Anita.”Don’t Miss This Squirrelly Art Show at Ferris’ Oyster Bar.” ScrimporSplurge.ca. N.p., 28 Apr.Web.
2010 Quiroz, Efren, “Carollyne Yardley: Artist of the Month.” Exhibit-V.ca. 04 Oct. 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.” Exhibit-V.ca. 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. Exhibit-V.ca. 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. Exhibit-V.ca. 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.” Exhibit-V.ca. 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. Exhibit-V.ca. YouTube.
2011 Your Eyes on the Visual Arts with Efren Quiroz.May 05, 2011. Secret Squirrels Show, Ferris’ Upstairs. Exhibit-V.ca. 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. Exhibit-V.ca. YouTube.
LECTURES / SPEAKING
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 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 Studio, Victoria, 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.
SELF DIRECTED STUDY
2017 Yardley, Carollyne. “I’m a Venice Biennale virgin no more!” Venezia, Giardini Arsenale 2017.” Weblog.
2017 Yardley, Carollyne. “Fazakas Gallery at NADA, and Armory Week, NYC.” 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.” Carollyne.com. Oct 2014. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Whisky, Cashmere, and a Self Guided Art Tour of Edinburgh’s Art Museums, Scotland.” Carollyne.com. Oct. 2014. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Boston Museum of Fine Art to Philadelphia Art Museum – Self Guided Art Education.” Carollyne.com. Sept 2014. Weblog.
2014 Yardley, Carollyne.”London Calling: Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, BP Portrait Awards.” Carollyne.com. July 2014. Weblog.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Palm Springs Art Museum + Vegas.” Carollyne.com. December 30, 2013. Weblog post.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “London to Amsterdam.” Carollyne.com. September 26, 2013. Weblog post.
2013 Yardley, Carollyne. “Birgit Piskor Studio Show”. Carollyne.com. 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.” Carollyne.com. July 13, 2011. Youtube.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “NYC Squirrel Love.” Carollyne.com. 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.” Carollyne.com. November 6, 2011. Youtube.
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “Secret Squirrels.” Carollyne.com. April 26, 2011. Youtube.
2016 Art Print Donation, UnWined, Make a Wish Foundation, Vancouver Island. Oct 2016.
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.