Photo credit: Suzanne Wilkinson

Carollyne Yardley is an inter-disciplinary artist, speculative designer, and squirrel lover. Her practice is driven by research into the changing role that nature plays in urban space, and illuminating the relationships between humans and non-humans and our urban environments. With increased urbanization, cohabitation between humans and non-humans is inevitable. Humans living in urban spaces experience daily interconnections with non-humans and we need to get comfortable with the idea of sharing space with our four-legged and winged neighbours as cities spread out further into the natural landscape.

Yardley’s body of work translates the visual, sonic, gestural, and social data she’s collected by observing urban squirrels into cross-species dialogue. After she rescued a dying squirrel in her yard, Yardley was compelled to create portraits of hybrid-humans in an effort to break down the barrier between humans and non-humans – and thus, Squirrealism was born.

Squirrealism is a self-coined term used to propose a symbiogenesis of sorts, where our lives and other species biologically, culturally and politically intersect. Yardley invented her imaginary hybrid-humans to represent a non-hierarchical, non-binary consideration of being, a recognition of “we” in the evolution of universal consciousness, and our shared interconnected subconscious with all living matter. The objective of her work is not concerned with assimilation of animals as humans, but with a levelling of hierarchy.

Squirrels became a vehicle for collaboration when First Nations artist Chief Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw) invited Yardley to paint his portrait as a hybrid human-squirrel wearing traditional regalia and carved thunderbird mask. Cook carved a squirrel mask for Yardley and they exchanged these two gifts. Yardley’s artwork reminded Cook of the indigenous story Squirrel and Thunderbird as recorded by George Hunt in 1899. Cook’s traditional knowledge supported Yardley’s ideas about kinship networks and interspecies relationships. Their mask and painting collaborations explore friendship, cultural exchange, and identity, and were featured at several two-person exhibitions; Ravenous (2014), Shapeshifting (2017), Art Toronto (2017), plus works on paper at Papier Montréal (2018), and the Seattle Art Fair (2018).

Yardley’s latest research into the biology of the Eastern Grey Squirrel has led her to discover they have excellent dichromatic colour vision that is mediated by green and blue cones. What a Squirrel Sees (2018) simulates the colour vision of the Grey Squirrel to examine the subjective reality of our own senses and to better imagine their worldview. My Hair Squirrel Mask (2012-2018), explores what it would be like to be a squirrel in a tactile sense by using her own hair to create a furry outer layer. Yardley believes we can come to know someone else through experience, which can promote new forms of cohabitation.

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).

#squirrealism #transgene #shapeshifting #masks #identity #urbananimals #sharedspace #biodiversity #symbiogenesis #biotechnology

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).

1992 – 1997 B.A. Psychology and Art History (Double Major), University of Victoria, Canada
1991  Visual Arts Degree Program, University of Victoria, Canada

Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC
Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC

2017 Shapeshifting, Fazakas Gallery, Victoria BC
2014 Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 Romancing the Squirrel, Apartment Gallery, 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
2012 Pride Art Exhibition, Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 Artists with Lu Jun Wind Lotus, Apartment Gallery, Victoria BC
2011 Never Dine Alone, The Sculpture Studio, Victoria BC
2013 Artist in Residence: House Tour, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 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, Fazakas Gallery, Toronto, 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 – Favourite Emerging Visual Artist 2013, Monday Magazine “M” Awards. Weblog.
2012 – Best 2 Dimensional, Sooke Fine Art Show (Adjudicated), Sooke, BC. Weblog.

2017 Walsh, Andrea. KəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n Mask, exhibition text
2016  Shrumm, Regan. “Connecting a Collection,” pp. 20-21, The Art of A. Banana, AGGV & Open Space
2014 Yardley, Carollyne. “Trademark Carollyne,” Youtube
2013  Yardley, Carollyne. “Squirrealism,” ISBN 978-0-9919419-0-2
2013  Coach House Books, Fall 2013 Catalogue, Image Cover
2013  Wilson, Keiran. Imitations of Eternity, St. Gengulphus’ Publishing, Image Cover
2013 Focus Magazine: Cover, Vol. 25., No. 5, (Feb)
2012 Focus Magazine, Cover, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Dec)
2012 Monday Magazine, Cover 3829 (July)
2012 Willey, Philip. “Days in the Life,” Illus. by Carollyne Yardley pg. 13, Ahndai Books
2012  Koubaa, Bart. “De Brooklyn Club”, Querido Publishing, Image Cover

2013 Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Painting).


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 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,” At Home Magazine. Print.

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.

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 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 with Lu Jun,” 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, 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
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.


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.” 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 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.