Photo credit: Suzanne Wilkinson.

CAROLLYNE YARDLEY is an interdisciplinary artist researcher who lives and works as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations (Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples). Her research-creation practice is informed by a years-long relationship with native and introduced urban animals whose territory includes her home.

Yardley researches the ethology of grey squirrels and their links to human systems to speculate possible futures in hybrid human development through artistic practice. Humans living in urban spaces interact daily with nonhumans as cities spread out into the natural world and technology reshapes our existence. She began creating art and thinking with grey squirrels after an interspecies boundary was crossed when she held an injured squirrel in her hands. The intimacy of the encounter touched Yardley and evoked a desire to document her alliance to the squirrel through artwork—thus, Squirrealism was born. Squirrealism developed into a method of art-making that channels conceptual and material connections between species to think and make, sympoetically.

Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured by Canadian Art Magazine, Border Crossings, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, and the covers of several books and magazines, and her art research has been published in Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities and becoming-Feral: a bestiarum vocabulum (forthcoming). 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 Fazakas Gallery (Vancouver), Madrona Gallery (Victoria), and has exhibited across Canada in Montréal (Papier Montréal), Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as internationally in Seattle. Yardley holds an MFA (2021) from Emily Carr University of Arts + Design.

#synanthropes #squirrealism #transgene #collaboration #urbananimals #sharedspace #biodiversity #symbiogenesis #sympoiesis #kinship #animality #hybrids #anti-colonialism and #animality

Carollyne with doe and fawn. June 29th, 2018. Photo credit: Anonymouse.

2008 – 2021  Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia
1997-2012 Founder, Co-owner, Creative Director, Star Global Advanced IT Corp. Ltd.

2021    MFA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1997    BA (Psychology and Art History, Double Major), University of Victoria

Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
Madrona Gallery, Victoria, BC

2021 Yardley, Carollyne. “Eastern Grey Squirrel.” becoming-Feral: a book of beasts. Objet-a
Creative Studio, Glasgow, Nov. 2021,  pp. 116-119.
2021    Yardley, Carollyne. Sympoetics of Squirrealism. 2021. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, MFA thesis. 
2021    Yardley, Carollyne. “Holobionts: Making and Living through Squirrealism.” Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities, vol. 2, no. 1, July 2021, pp. 109-17, doi:10.46863/ecocene.36.

2017 Shapeshifting, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 Romancing the Squirrel, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC

2021 Becoming, Thesis Exhibition, Emily Carr University of Art+ Design
2021 Colours of Summer XII, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2020 Living Room, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2020 Colours of Summer XI, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2019 Unstoppable, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2019 Shape/Colour/Form, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2018 Sole Train to Night Market, Fluevog Shoes, Victoria BC
2017  In the Mood for Love, Poly Culture Art Centre, Vancouver BC
2017 FIVE, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2017 SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 All Together is the Best Example, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Divergent Convergence, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Imaginary Friends, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria BC
2015 SHE: Diversity in Feminism, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
2015 Winter, Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2015 Co-Mix Art, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria BC
2015 Pride in Art: The Queer Truth & Nothing But, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria BC
2014 TD Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2013 Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards, Massey Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland, Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria BC
2013 Artist in Residence: House Tour, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2013 Colours of Summer, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 TD Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2013 Artist in Residence: House Tour, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2012 Pride Art Exhibition, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 Artists with Lu Jun Wind Lotus, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 Christmas Salon and Exhibition, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC
2012  Christmas Small Works, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2012  Summer Small Works Exhibition, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2012 Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney BC
2012 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke BC
2012  TD Paint In Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
2012 Art Rainbow, INDEXG, Toronto ON
2012 Boudoir, Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 Never Dine Alone (curated by Carollyne Yardley), The Sculpture Studio, Victoria BC 

2018 Art Toronto, via Fazakas Gallery, Toronto ON
2018 Seattle Art Fair, via Fazakas Gallery, Seattle WA.
2018 Papier Montréal, via Fazakas Gallery, Montréal QC
2017 Art Toronto, via Fazakas Gallery; Toronto ON
2016 Art Toronto, via Fazakas Gallery; Toronto ON

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

2017 Walsh, Andrea, Ph.D. “KəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n Mask.” Exhibition text.
2016  Shrumm, Regan. “The Art of A. Banana Unpeeled.” Connecting a Collection, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria & Open Space. Image, pp. 20-21.
2013  Yardley, Carollyne. Squirrealism, ISBN 978-0-9919419-0-2.
2013  Coach House Books: Fall 2013 Catalogue. Cover Image.
2013   Wilson, Keiran. Imitations of Eternity. St. Gengulphus’ Publishing. Cover image.
2013 Focus Magazine. Vol. 25, no. 5 (Feb)  Cover Image. 
2012 Focus Magazine, Vol. 25, no. 3 (Dec). Cover Image. 
2012 Monday Magazine, No. 3829 (July) Cover Image. 
2012 Willey, Philip. Days in the Life. Ahndai Books. Image p. 13.
2012  Koubaa, Bart. De Brooklyn Club, Querido Publishing, Cover Image.

2020 Newton, Steve. ” Unearthing: art by Valérie Chartrand, Robert Morris, Ben Oswald, Suzanne Paleczny, Jennie Vallis, Carollyne Yardley.” The Georgia Straight. Dec 11, 2020. Weblog.

2020 Grauer, Perrin. “The eerie objects and compositions are grounded firmly in reflections on the blurry boundary between the human and non-human worlds.” Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Nov 02, 2020. Weblog.

2020 “Art under lockdown: Vancouver art exhibitions entered around understanding change.” Curated Tastes. Oct 14, 2020. Weblog.

2020 Lederman, Marsha. “Covid-19 masks make meaningful, whimsical debuts at art galleries in Vancouver and Banff.” Globe and Mail. Oct 4, 2020.

2018 Walsh, Meeka. “Papier 18 | Editor’s Picks Day 2,” Border Crossings. Weblog.

2018 Herman, Pee-wee. “For Squirrel Appreciation Day, check out Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel art!” 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. Weblog.

2016 Landau, Emily. “The 10 most exciting artists to check out at Art Toronto,” Toronto Life. Weblog.

2016 Blazenhoff, Rusty, “Rusty’s Electric Dreams,” Inbox Zine. Weblog.

2016 White, Laurie. “Seriously Silly, Horse Heads and Flower Beards in the Work of Carollyne Yardley,” Analogue Magazine. Print.

2016 Wright, Andy. “From Portrait Painters to College Applicants, Squirrel Obsessives Through the Ages,” Atlas Obscura. Weblog.

2015 Lundy, Susan. “Secrets and Lives: Carollyne Yardley, Artist,” Boulevard Magazine.  Print.

2015 Thomson, John. “Canadian Artist Goes Squirrely,” DZine Trip Design Magazine. Weblog.

2015 Blazenhoff, Rusty. “Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask by Carollyne Yardley,” Blazenfluff May 19. Weblog.

2014 Amos, Robert. “First Nations Art, meet squirrels,” (review) Time Colonist. Print.

2014 Cino, Kate. “Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley.” Art Openings. Weblog.

2014 Willey, Philip. “Ravenous: Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook,” Exhibit-V. Weblog

2014 Madden, Aaren. “Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery,” (review) Focus Magazine. Print.

2014 Simcoe, Luke. “B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark,” Metro News. Weblog.

2014 Fisher, Gavin. “B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight.” Globe and Mail. Weblog.

2014 McCulloch, Sandra. “Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark to her own name,” Times Colonist. Print.

2014 Hopper, Tristin. “Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name,” National Post. Print.

2014 Lus, Steven. “It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office,” CBC News. Web log.

2014 Editorial. “Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark,” Huffington Post. Web log.

2014 Wahl, David. “Here’s an awkward family photo for the ages,” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! Web log.

2013 Schlauch, Matthew. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” Snap’d Magazine. Print.

2013 Willey, Philip. “Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand and Paul Dowd at AGGV,”  Exhibit-V. Weblog.

2013 Smart, Amy. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise,” (review) Times Colonist Print.

2013 Wahl, David. “Our recent post about Carollyne’s Saint Squirrel and Pope Pinenuts,” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! Weblog.

2013 Lindsay, Teresa. “Revealing an Incredible Journey through Pop Surrealism,” Weblog.   

2013 Beneteau, Nicole. “Artists Take a Crack at Carroll Classic,” Nexus Newspaper. Print.

2013 Jones, Kate. “Romancing the Squirrel in the Studio.” Pennello Lane, Creative Canadian Women, Weblog.

2013 Madden, Aaren. “The Unbearable Lightness of Squirrels,” Editorial. Focus Magazine. Print.

2013 Focus Magazine, Advertisement, Jan. pg. 13 Print. 

2013 Threlfall, John. “Culture Goes Pop,” Editorial. Yam Magazine. Print.

2012 Willey, Philip. “Days in the Life,” Illus. by Carollyne Yardley, pg. 13, Ahndai Books. Weblog.

2012 Wahl, David. “Hey Look, It’s a Gingerbread Squirrel!” Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME! Weblog.

2012 Green, MaryEllen. “Artist Is Nuts for Squirrels,” Monday Magazine.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!” Weblog

2012 Patience, Kaitlyn. “Artist Spotlight on Carollyne Yardley,” Pamplemousse! Weblog.

2012 Wolters, Shanice. ” The Girl with the Squirrels,” Weblog.

2011 Wood, Christine. “The Business of Art,” Kendall Wood. Weblog

2011 Robert, Amos. “Treasures of Oak Bay Galleries,” Times Colonist. Print.

2011 DHaem, Jim. “Geisha Girl Squirrel (and QR Code),” QR Code Artist. Weblog

2011 “Nosey Neighbour at the Nanaimo Wine Festival,” Weblog

2011 Anita.”Don’t Miss This Squirrelly Art Show at Ferris’ Oyster Bar,” Weblog

2010 Quiroz, Efren. “Carollyne Yardley: Artist of the Month,” Exhibit-V. Weblog


2016 Johnson, Andrew. “Victoria artist wins trademark name fight,” CTV News. Television
2015 de Blois, Maude. “Paroles d’artists,” CILS.FM 107.9. Radio
2014  Quiroz, Efren. “Ravenous: Opening Reception,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2014  Quiroz, Efren. “Interview with Carollyne Yardley & Rande Cook,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2014 Stanton, Kylie. “Vancouver Island artist takes on U.S. toymaker over name,” Global News. Television
2014 Grieves, Chandler. “Victoria artist takes on toy giant,” CTV Vancouver Island. Television
2014 Rankin, Eric. “Mattel’s American Girl name fight,” CBC News. Television
2014 Off, Carol. “Canadian artist takes on giant toymaker Mattel,” As It Happens, CBC Radio
2014 Elgersma, Karen. “Victoria Whisky Festival, Society Squirrel Painting,” Shaw. Television
2014 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts Report” May 21, 2014. (2:37-4:42). YouTube
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “#Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” CTV News. Television
2013 Kahan, Dan. “The Kahan Show: Carollyne Yardley as the Therap-artist,” Shaw Television
2013 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards,” Exhibit-V. Youtube.
2013 Steele, Jen. “#Strangelings Video,” Youtube.
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “Romancing the Squirrel,” CTV News. Television
2013   Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Romancing the Squirrel,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2013 Sawatsky, Adam. “Eye on the Arts – Romancing the Squirrel,” CFAX1070. Radio
2013 Intro Segment at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. “26th Annual TD PAINT IN,” CTV News. Youtube.
2013 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Christmas Salon at The Apartment Gallery,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2012 Sawatsky, Adam. “ TD Moss Street Paint In,” CTV News Television
2012 Sawatsky, Adam. “Eye on the Arts – TD Paint In,” CFAX1070 Radio
2012 Bramble, Eric. “The Growler Hour with Eric Bramble: Interview with Carollyne Yardley,” 29er Radio. Podcast.
2012 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Grand Opening of The Apartment Gallery,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2011 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Pride Art Exhibition, Madrona Gallery,” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2011 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Never Dine Alone, Sculpture Studio” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2011 Yardley, Carollyne. “Never Dine Alone,” Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia. YouTube.
2011  Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Friends & Other Funny Folks, Red Art Gallery” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2011   Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Secret Squirrels Show, Ferris’ Upstairs” Exhibit-V. Youtube
2010 Quiroz, Efren. “Your Eyes on the Visual Arts – Big Eyed Ladies Show, Black Olive” Youtube
2010 Elgersma, Karen. “Art interview with Carollyne Yardley,” Shaw. Television

2016 Guest Speaker, Sidney Fine Art Show Opening Night, Mary Winspear Centre
2016 Guest Speaker. Sidney Fine Art Show Opening Night, Mary Winspear Centre
2015 Guest Speaker. Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Victoria College of Art
2013 Guest Presenter. Studio 30, Les Passmore Centre
2013 Guest Presenter. Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society, Mary Winspear Centre
2012 Guest Speaker. “Art and Community,” PechaKucha, Volume 11, DIY Edition, Victoria Event Centre
2012 Artist in Residence, Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Integrate Arts Walk

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

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

2018 Yardley, Carollyne. “Squirrel Dichromatic Colour Vision.” Youtube.
2015 Yardley, Carollyne. “Trademark Carollyne.” Youtube.

2016 Art Print Donation, UnWined, Make a Wish Foundation, Vancouver Island. 
2016 Art Image Donation, A Fundraiser for Syrian refugees. Weblog.
2016 Celebrity Waiter, Tip a Fool, Greater Victoria Citizens Counseling Center. Weblog.
2015 Participating Artist, 7th Annual Blue Bridge Theatre Fundraiser, Winchester Galleries. Weblog.
2015 Participating Artist, ArtBeat Vancouver. Website
2015 Chair Artist, Take A Seat for Habitat, Habitat for Humanity (Restore) Fundraiser. Weblog.
2014 Tree Judge, BC Children’s Hospital, Festival of Trees, Victoria Conference Centre.
2013 Tree Judge, BC Children’s Hospital, Festival of Trees, Victoria Conference Centre.
2013 Art Donation, Visions Gala, Victoria Hospitals Foundation.
2013 Art Donation, CNIB Eye Appeal. 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.