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Grand Opening, The apARTment gallery, Victoria, BC, Carollyne Yardley

Ellen Manning, Gallery Director and Carollyne Yardley, Artist (with three of her paintings).

Ellen Manning, Gallery Director and Carollyne Yardley, Artist (with three of her paintings).

Video of Grand Opening of the ApARTment gallery, see Carollyne Yardley talking about the evolution of the squirrels at 3:03 Show closes November 01. 1016 Fort Street (upstairs), next to JJ Wonton Noodle House. Video by Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Grand Opening
The Apartment Gallery
1016 Fort Street (upstairs)
September 28th – Nov 01, 2012

Ellen Manning and Carollyne Yardley at the grand opening of the ApARTment gallery 1016 Fort Street. This dynamic exhibition is on until November 1st . Ink series by Lu Jun (international spotlight) and a brilliant new display by local artists: Cam Reid, Carollyne Yardley, Samuel Jan, Asha Robertson, Liam Hanna Lloyd, Tom McCabe and Jen Wright. Photo by @Christopher Holt

http://www.theapartmentart.com/

By The Peacock, 16 x 20, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

By The Peacock, 16 x 20, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

Mighty Aphrodite, Oil on Board, 14 x 20, Carollyne Yardley 2012

Mighty Aphrodite, Oil on Board, 14 x 20, Carollyne Yardley 2012

Sidney Fine Art Show 2012, Oct 12, 13, 14, Victoria, BC

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These two pieces were juried into the Sidney Fine Art Show 2012, and will be available for show and sale from October 12, 13, 14, 2012 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

Lat year over 6,500 people came and admired the art. Over 1,250 pieces of art to adjudicate, and 380 or so were selected.

Also remember to vote for me for the People’s Choice Award. I would be very grateful for your vote!

Charlotte's Web (aka Spiderman) | 36 x 24, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

Charlotte's Web (aka Spiderman) | 36 x 24, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

The Avenger, 16 x 22, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

The Avenger, 16 x 22, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

Revolution 9: Squirrel of Man (after René Magritte). Days in the Life by Philip Willey. A book about John Lennon

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Revolution 9: Squirrel of Man, Oil on Board, 17.5 X 21.5 (after Renee Magritte and John Lennon) with frame

Revolution 9: Squirrel of Man, Oil on Board, 17.5 X 21.5 (after René Magritte) with frame

UPDATE December 2012: The book by Philip Willey called A Day in the Life is out and includes illustrations by: Carollyne Yardley, Lance Austin Olsen, Michael Lewis, Lyle Schultz, Robert Amos, Roy Green, Brad Pasutti, Darren White.

CLICK HERE FOR ARTIST LINKS AND BUY BOOK!

I was asked to participate in a project about John Lennon by Philip Willey. I rarely post a long description of my thought process in developing a piece, but this one is not as personal, so here it is.

I still need to let this dry and varnish, but was ready to post as is.

*The irony that I have posted this on the UN International Day of Peace has not been lost on me. Although it almost was, I just looked at my calendar. Ha.

I was influenced by The White Album, and a song credited to John Lennon, and accompanied by Yoko Ono called Revolution 9.
Lennon said he was trying to paint a picture of a revolution using sound.
John was also obsessed with the number nine (the piece begins with a slow piano theme in the key of B minor and a male voice repeating the words “number nine”).
In his book Dakota Days, John Green writes of Lennon’s dedicated mystical practices, his meditation, his psychic training, his cleansing fasts, his vows of silence, his Tarot study. His card was the 9th, The Hermit, presenting contemplation and introspection.
I then thought of what a Tarot card would look like for this piece.

I was drawn to incorporate the apple, first because an apple is on the record center of the White Album, and the record company was called Apple Records.
Meditating on that imagery, I thought of The Son of Man by René Magritte, who said about his painting, “…we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”
I thought the imagery of an apple covering up a squirrel face (metaphor for secrets) would be especially humorous when covered up by the apple, which is symbolically referenced throughout history as a mystical or forbidden fruit, knowledge, immortality, temptation, and the fall of man and sin.
In Greek Mythology, the Apple of Discord becomes known through the tale of Eris, and it’s indirect cause of the Trojan War.

The apARTment Gallery, Grand Opening, New works by Carollyne Yardley

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GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION & SALE
Friday, September 28th, 6pm to 8pm  (closes Nov 01, 2012)

RSVP by Sept 20th (space is limited): info@theapartmentart.com
Debuting esteemed

Pat Martin Bates and Will Millar

Along my travels this week, I bumped into Pat Martin Bates, Artist, and former Irish Rover and artist, Will Millar.

I remember Pat from my visual arts days at the University of Victoria, and Will mostly through his music and performances.

It’s interesting to hear the variety of experiences that helps shape an artists creation, their respective successes, and contributions to the arts.

Links to their work below.

Pat Martin Bates and Carollyne Yardley

Pat Martin Bates and Carollyne Yardley

Pat Martin Bates, Artist

Pat Martin Bates, Artist

Pat Martin Bates
http://www.winchestergalleriesltd.com/artists/martin_bates_/index.php

Will Millar, Carollyne Yardley, Steve, and Heather Leary.

Will Millar, Carollyne Yardley, Steve, and Heather Leary.

Will Millar, Artist

Will Millar, Artist

Will Millar
http://www.winchestergalleriesltd.com/artists/millar/2012/index.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Millar

Mighty Aphrodite and By the Peacock, Pop Surrealism

I’ve just completed two more paintings. These will appear in a show opening on September 28th, 2012.

GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION & SALE
Friday, September 28th, 6pm to 8pm  (closes Nov 01, 2012)

RSVP by Sept 20th (space is limited): info@theapartmentart.com
Debuting esteemed

Mighty Aphrodite, 14 x 20, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2012

Mighty Aphrodite, 14 x 20, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2012

One is called Mighty Aphrodite, after the Venus de Milo (Aphrodite) a sculpture of the Grecian goddess Aphrodite that was excavated on the island of Milo in Greece. Dating to around 100 BC and more commonly known as the Venus de Milo (in reference to the Roman name for the goddess of love). I used the classic squirrel face for this painting. The painting also makes reference to the Judgment of Paris.

By the Peacock, 16 X 20, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

By the Peacock, 16 X 20, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

The other  piece is called By the Peacock. This is the first hybrid (or transgene) to have a partial human face, as opposed to human body. With her elongated neck and squirrel eyes, she looks a bit like Avatar. The peacock is a symbol of immortality because ancients believed that the peacock had flesh that did not decay after death. Also a symbol of renewal.