Etsy Licensing and FAQ's

Squirrel Masks in Shop Window YYJ

You know things are catching on, when you pass by a store window display (although cordoned off so no access), and you see Squirrel Masks.

Squirrel Mask in store window in YYJ.

 

Carollyne Yardley - Masked.

Carollyne Yardley – Masked.

Carollyne Yardley Squirrealism
Photo by Jen Steele
Mask provided by David Wahl Director of Awesome at Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome

Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery: Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
Opening: June 28th, 2014,  2-5pm

Ravenous is the first collaboration between two artists coming together from different backgrounds to share a new body of art for the ages, at the Alcheringa Gallery.

I’ll be exhibiting works in collaboration with Chief Rande Cook (K’alapa). I’m very honoured and privileged to have been invited by Rande to be apart of this exciting show. And the squirrels are downright ecstatic, as well as ravenous.

Please watch this space for more details.

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

RAVENOUS

Alcheringa Gallery
featuring works by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley
June 28 – July, 2014.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 2-5 pm
665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1G6
T: 250.383.8224

GALLERY HOURS

Monday – Saturday: 9:30 – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

Extended Summer hours.

Editors Note:

I first met Rande Cook at the closing reception for Difference and Repetition, the Slide Room Gallery, curated by Efren Quiroz. We were both included in this show where 30 artists riffed off of a Gerhard Richter painting. We had both seen each others works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s curated show Urban Thunderbirds (with Francis Dick, LESSlie, and Dylan Thomas), was on at the same time as #Strangelings, Massey Gallery, AGGV

Breaking Bad Squirrels Drive the Bentley through El Pollo Loco. Commercial Photography.

Breaking Bad Squirrels, Archival Print, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Breaking Bad Squirrels, Archival Print, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

As yes, the crazy chicken. There’s nothing like asking two grown men to cruise a Bentley though a fast food drive in restaurant while wearing squirrel masks. El Pollo Loco was the location for this expedition and photo shoot, and I had seconds to grab the shot. Well, I had at least a couple of minutes, or as long as it took to order two chicken legs, a salad, and a three piece chicken meal.

The photo shoot was inspired by the award-winning American crime drama Breaking Bad. In the show, Los Pollos Hermanos is a fast-food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken across the southwestern states.  The character Gustavo (Gus) owns 14 Los Pollos restaurants, and uses this legitimate business to aid in his shipment and distribution of drugs.  Often I work with ideas promoted by popular culture and television, and visiting El Pollo Loco ( inspiration for Los Pollos Hermanos) was too good a photo opportunity to pass up while were visiting southern California.

Photographer: Carollyne Yardley
Masks: Archie McPhee, Seattle Washington 

Fine Art Prints

Breaking Bad Squirrels, 2014
Archival Print Moab Entrada Bright 300gsm 100% cotton fine art paper.
Printed with Ultrachrome K3 pigment inks
Paper Size: 13 x 19 inches
Image Size: 15 x 11 inches
Signed limited edition of 125
Includes certificate of authenticity

FREE SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM: Please note this print must be flat-packed for safe shipping; shipping and handling fees are included with print cost. Shipped free anywhere in the world.
(Prints come without a frame.)

A great gift for someone who loves squirrels driving luxury cars in Palm Springs!

Purchase Prints here

Society Squirrel (and the Angel’s Share), Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Canada

Society Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Society Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Squirrel Model: Leif Klatt
Photo shoot: See production of Society Squirrel behind the scenes photos here.

Prints for sale

Click here to Browse and Buy Prints

- Archival Print Moab Entrada Bright 300gsm 100% cotton fine art paper.
- Printed with Ultrachrome K3 pigment inks.
- Paper Size: 13 x 19 inches.
- Image Size: 11 x 16.5 inches.
- Signed limited edition of 125.
- Includes certificate of authenticity.
(Prints come without a frame.)

FREE SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM:
Please note this print must be flat-packed for safe shipping; shipping and handling fees are included with print cost. Shipped free anywhere in the world.

Click here to Browse and Buy Prints

Commission

Society Squirrel was a commission from the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

It was created to celebrate the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s entry into the Canadian market, and to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society organization. My clients wanted a red squirrel (known for their lovely long ears), acting as a bartender, pouring a dram for a Society member. The bottling rendered in this paintings is the SMWS 30th Anniversary  bottling 72.32 (Miltonduff 1983 SMWS 72.32 Single Malt, details below), from Speyside, Scotland.

Also incorporated into the piece is their mascot, a moose named RT. He is wearing a kilt made of the Mackenzie tartan, the pattern after one of the proprietors’ clan family. The moose also doubles to distinguish itself as uniquely Canadian. Read More.
Also connect with them on Twitter

Presentation

Very exciting news: I will be presenting this painting to the SMWS Canada at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014. Watch this space for more photos, and media coverage on Shaw TV.

Behind the scenes on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival with Karen Elgersma for Shaw TV Vancouver Island.

Behind the scenes on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival with Karen Elgersma for Shaw TV Vancouver Island.

with Annabel Meikle @ thewhiskybelle and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014.

with Annabel Meikle @ thewhiskybelle and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014

with Adam Sawatsky and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014.

with Adam Sawatsky and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014.

About the Society UK

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s foremost whisky club. Starting in 1983 in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, also has tasting rooms in London, England. As a member, you will join over 26,000 other members in 16 countries (and growing) and have access to the very best single cask, single malt whisky available anywhere. Only members can purchase The Society’s fantastic and interesting whiskies. Read more.

Category Single Malt fromSpeyside,Scotland
Distillery
District Speyside
Bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Bottling serie Harmoniious sophistication
Vintage 15.12.1983
Age 29 years old
Casktype Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber 72.32
Strength 48.4 % Vol.
Number of bottles 215
Size 700 ml
Bottled for SMWS 30th anniversary

Also connect with them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMWSCanada

Behind the scenes photo shoot here.

New York is Now – (2010) Art Documentary FULL MOVIE (Noah Becker dir)

This movie New York is Now is finally available on Youtube directed by my friend Noah Becker.
If you want to learn about the New York contemporary art world, and how it has changed from the 1980′s until now, watch this movie.

Artist and publisher Noah Becker takes viewers on a fast-paced trip through the contemporary art scene in New York – now. Major artists, auction houses, curators and dealers alike put forth their views on issues of decentralization, the market climate, and the clash between real and virtual space via social media and the internet at large. Featuring Lee Ranaldo, Richard Phillips, Bill Powers, Bibbe Hansen, Gerry Visco, Michael Anderson, Spencer Tunick, Michael Halsband, Richard Butler, Todd Levin, Nic Rad, Ryan Schultz, Jill Conner, James Salomon, Ned Smyth, Noah Becker and many more icons of the current art scene. Including performances by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and original score by hip-hop legend Moka Only and Noah Becker. New York is Now.

Noah Becker and Steven Lane produce.

DOT Pictogram Paintings | Virgin Airlines First Class Lounge (Passengers to Mars). Deconstruction. Reduction. Icon. Evolution.

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

DOT Pictogram Paintings

Introducing my a new series called DOT Pictograms. They are DOT Pictogram Paintings of my previous work.

I’ve been wanting to deconstruct the “squirrel” paintings for just over a year now. My thoughts were, I’ve created these wonderful creatures and characters, but they needed to be better known and understood, even if only by myself. Getting to know the characters better, is another reason why I’ve been creating 3D interpretations of my work, along with experimenting (early stages) with stop motion animation.

Further to this idea, I wanted to explore the how my artworks could convey messages without using a face of any kind, but still stay within the figurative art genre. And what they would look like by reducing and simplifying my understanding of what constitutes hair, and clothing, etc.

Research

Through research, I was reminded of the DOT (Department of Transportation) Pictograms and Icons.  Dot Pictograms are used to convey messages to travelers without using words; there are 50 official symbols worldwide.  This ties in to my previous life, and professional experience, using graphics for web development. It’s part of the job to know there is an official list to use for a clients website.

More recently, however, we’ve been seeing the rampant use of pictograms (most not official) as avatars, and if you sign up for any social medial site today, you’ll be allocated the standard “boringhumanalert” pictogram, that becomes your representation unless you upload your own, “thisishowawesomeIam” photo representation.

Space Hat

Space Hat Squirrel is the first piece I have chosen to reduce and deconstruct for my experiment. As I worked, I became very aware of how the Dot Pictogram version of Space Hat felt different. The Dot Pictogram version felt strangely more alive, and certainly more modern in this minimalist version. I’m sure this can be explained because it overcame it’s nostalgic sensibilities of wearing the vintage Chanel suit.

At the same time, however, the DOT pictogram of Space Hat kept the same refined state of radiating energy as the original Space Hat Squirrel painting.

With the absence of a face, I was also curious to know what kind of relationship would be developed between myself and the painting.  People really fall in love with a Squirrealism character (as do I), so I was interested to see how that feeling would change by seeing the “shadow’ of it’s former self.

Deconstruction, Reduction

By reducing Space Hat to its basic elements of a few simple spots and colour, I was interested to know how the piece would communicate something different.

Other questions explored:
- are my paintings still instantly recognizable (to people who are familiar with Squirrealism) and,
- at what point in the process (over the next 40 years) could/would they, ever be considered icons?

And finally,
- would they (more to come) ever be chosen by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as a new batch of official DOT Pictograms?

This one could be:

  • Virgin Airlines, First Class Lounge for Passengers to Mars

Being the creator of the original content has given me a more intimate relationship with the reductive process. It has certainly helped me in the continuation and pursuit of my studies in brand identity, repetition of imagery, and interests in what makes something iconic. As I create more DOT pictograms from previous Squirrealism paintings, I hope to share with you my feelings developed for each piece.

Drawing a Straight or Curved Hard Line

Turns out, drawing a straight or curved hard line, is lot bloody more difficult that it looks. Like, as in, way harder than rendering fur, or blending and bending fabric. HOLY.

Outcome

With regards to Space Hat vs. Space Hat DOT pictogram?  I’d still get in the space shuttle with ya’ babe.

 

Carollyne Yardley, Space Hat Squirrel, oil on board, 14 x 20

Carollyne Yardley, Space Hat Squirrel, oil on board, 14 x 20

 

We got Snapd Victoria, Strangelings, Paintings by Pixel Wizards

We got Snapd. Check out Dec 2013 issue of Snap Magazine about Strangelings by Pixel Wizards. Thank you Matthew Sclauch for coverage. with Courtney Graham, Jose Brand, Paul Dowd, Freyja Zazu, Sandi Martens Carpenter, Tierre Taylor, Caprina Valentine — at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery.

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

 

Carollyne Yardley in front of her artwork. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

Carollyne Yardley in front of her artwork. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

 

 

Paul Dowd with his artwork. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

Paul Dowd with his artwork. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

 

Jose Brand with his artwork. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

Jose Brand with his artwork. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

 

At the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

At the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery. Photo by Matthew Schlauch, Snapd Magazine, Dec 2013.

Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Nov 01 to Dec 2, 2013

Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Nov 01-Dec 02, 2013

Difference and Repetition, Slide Room Gallery, Nov 01-Dec 02, 2013

Exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013

Slide Room Gallery
- Mon-Friday 9-5pm,
- Sat 10am-1pm
- Sunday 10am-5pm

2549 Quadra st.

Difference and Repetition” an exhibition which derives its title from the book of the same name by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, explores Deleuze’s concept of how a new series brings back an older series and transforms it into something completely new, so that repetition brings about difference.

30 artists from diverse backgrounds and working independently from one another will be contributing one unit (of exactly the same size) in a series derived from a single source – “Abstract painting (1985) 587-5″ by the German artist Gerhard Richter.

Richter’s work is in a sense itself a series; however in his case a series of unpredictable chaotic and gestural actions resulted in a single work which is impossible to recreate accurately. His series within a single work (Abstract painting (1985) 587-5) will itself be transformed into a new series consisting of 30 original works.

Exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday Nov. 1 @ 7 : 30 pm
Slide Room Gallery
2549 Quadra st.

Curated by Efren Quiroz

 

Articles and Media

30 artists offer their versions of one work, Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Nov 09, 2013

30 artists offer their versions of one work, Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Nov 09, 2013 – CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

Preview, The Gallery Guide, Christine Clark, Nov-Jan issue – CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

Gerhard Richter Abstract painting (1985) 587-5

Gerhard Richter Abstract painting (1985) 587-5

 

Pareidolia (after Gerhard Richter) 30x30, Oil on canvas, 2013

Pareidolia (after Gerhard Richter) 30×30, Oil on canvas, 2013

Additionally:

FACEBOOK PAGE FOR VIDEOS, ARTIST STATEMENTS AND MORE

Carollyne Yardley’s Artist Statement
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the Moon rabbit, or the Virgin Mary imprinted on toast.

Like many humans, I tend to seek patterns in random information by looking for meaningfulness. While studying the Gerhard Richter painting, my mind immediately went to work.

I worked using the general layout and colour scheme of the original piece, and incorporated my intuition, sub consciousness, imagination and memory. A departure from my typical process, I “found” the droids I was looking for.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Robert McTavish, Harry Stanbridge, Roberta Pyx Sutherland, Roy Green, Paul Peregal, Brad Pasutti, Tanta Pennington, Irma Soltanovich, Wendy Welch, Rande Cook, Ira Hoffecker, James Gordaneer, Kate Scoones, Lance Austin Olsen, Phyllis Serota, Carollyne Yardley, Dale Roberts, Jillian Player, Christine Clark, Tony Bounsall, June Higgins, Arlene Nesbitt, Dallas Valdas Duobaitis, Pete Kohut, Martin Batchelor, Logan Ford, Debora Alanna, Shawn Shepherd, Victoria Edgarr, Jeanne Cannizzo, Philip Willey, Jason Stovall, John Luna

PHOTOS OF OPENING NIGHT

Carollyne Yardley and Dale Robers (photo by John Harris)

Carollyne Yardley and Dale Robers (photo by John Harris)

Phyllis Serota and Carollyne Yardley

Phyllis Serota and Carollyne Yardley

Hailey Finnigan, Carollyne Yardley, Brad Pasutti

Hailey Finnigan, Carollyne Yardley, Brad Pasutti

Blythe Scott, Lance Austin Olsen, and curator Efren Quiroz

Blythe Scott, Lance Austin Olsen, and curator Efren Quiroz

 

Lance Austin Olsen and Carollyne Yardley (sort of proof we exist).

Lance Austin Olsen and Carollyne Yardley (sort of proof we exist).

 

 

Media Coverage: #Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.

 

TESTIMONIAL

Just a thanks for attending the opening. We’re all buzzing over the tremendously great turnout. A great boost for gallery’s exposure to a new audience. Thanks for helping us show our adventurous and fun side – not just a museum!

Sherry Willing
Art Rental and Sales Consultant
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
http://www.aggv.ca 
 

Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle.” News at 5, CTV News, October 18, 2013.

Promo Video for Carollyne Yardley by Jen Steele Photography


Video of Opening Reception by Efren Quiroz at Exhibit-V.ca

#Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery
October 17 – November 10, 2013
Opening Reception: October 24, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Amy Smart. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.”
Editorial. Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 17 Oct. 2013: C6.

Paintings by Pixel Wizards, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, features works by three local artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the tech industry - Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photography by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

Paintings by Pixel Wizards, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, features works by three local artists who have made professional careers as art directors in the tech industry – Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photography by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist.

When you make art for the digital world, the public may not recognize it as such. That’s a lesson that Carollyne Yardley learned when she first made the switch to painting full-time, after a career as creative director at Star Global Advanced IT Corp., a company she co-founded.

“That was a big surprise for me when I had my career change three years ago,” Yardley said. “A lot of my old clients were like, ‘I didn’t know you were artistic.’ And I thought that was a surprise and a great tragedy.”

But creativity has been part of the job description for all three of the local artists represented in #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards, a show that runs today through Nov. 10 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Massey Gallery.

KANO/APPS lead concept artist Jose Brand and Paul Dowd, who spent six years as lead artist for Zynga (which included overseeing the creation of the creatures for social networking game FarmVille) are “going analogue” with the show of paintings, alongside Yardley.

Art directors can play many roles, but they generally take charge of the look and feel of software interfaces and content. For Yardley, that has meant everything from branding to designing templates based on pyschological studies about what attracts clicks.

For Dowd and Brand, it has meant drawing the in-game art and building worlds for FarmVille and now Tiny Mod Games (Dowd), as well as Zombie Slayer, Pirate Clan and Viking Clan (Brand).

“It’s slowly changing, but I do agree. People think that computers are almost a trick: Not necessarily a tool, like a paintbrush,” Brand said. “But the techniques are actually very similar.”

Brand follows the same process when creating a painting that he does with his digital art: beginning with silhouettes, then filling out details, lighting and shadows.

“It’s all technique that I’ve used in digital artwork, which helps me build up my traditional paintings.”

Dowd says his digital work has made him work a lot faster. Although he began painting in high school, he said he hasn’t done it in years. After spending the first two years as the sole artist for Zynga, then advancing to lead a team of artists for four years at FarmVille, he has redirected his professional energies to creating mobile games for Tiny Mod Games. Recently, he returned to the canvas.

“It’s been a long time since I picked up a paintbrush, so that’s been really fun,” Dowd said.

And for Yardley, the attention to detail she developed working with software — down to the tiniest pixel— as well as the ability to visualize how those details will come together to make a bigger picture, has translated into her paintings.

Yardley typically paints detailed portraits where the human figure is replaced with a squirrel.

While Yardley, Dowd and Brand each said they incorporated processes and elements of their digital art in their painting, they also said they get something different out of fine art.

“It’s all creative, whatever I like. The fine-art stuff is quite expressive,” said Dowd.

Brand said he feels like his digital art goes hand-in-hand with his painting. Most of his paintings now begin with a digital mock up — rarely does he begin by picking up a pencil and paper anymore.

But the product is different.

“I really love having that finished work in the end — something to hold up and put on the wall. It’s definitely a different feeling.

Read Original Print Article: Times Colonist, Oct 17, 2013, Pg C6

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

Snapd Victoria Magazine, Dec 2013, pg19

#Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards. October 17 – November 10, 2013

#Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery
October 17 – November 10, 2013
Opening Reception: October 24, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

MEDIA COVERAGE:

Television: Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle.” News at 5, CTV News, October 18, 2013.

Amy Smart. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.” Editorial. Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 17 Oct. 2013: C6.
Read Original Print Article: Times Colonist, Oct 17, 2013, Pg C6

Carollyne Yardley in front of paintings for #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards. Photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist. Oct 17, 2013.

Carollyne Yardley in front of paintings for #Strangelings: Paintings by Pixel Wizards. Photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist. Oct 17, 2013

Behind the Scenes October 16, 2013:  Today we got our photos taken by Darren Stone of the Times Colonist. Watch for it in Go! Section Thursday, October 17, 2013

Artists: Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand.

Artists: Paul Dowd, Carollyne Yardley, Jose Brand. Photo by Meg Sugrue @AGGV

Carollyne Yardley, Artist sitting under one of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery

Darren Stone (l) and Carollyne Yardley, Artist sitting under one of her paintings at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery. Photo by Meg Sugrue @AGGV

This show features paintings by three artists who have made professional careers as Art Directors in the game and technology industry. Creatives working in tech are often excluded by their fine art cohorts, due to their association with digital media.
Digital media is both a challenging and liberating medium. However, there are no lucky accidents. It’s during the production stage, before we build our digital world, where the artist is most free to explore, and to give their imaginations free reign. 
Many people don’t realize concept development often begins in traditional media – hand drawing, painting, pastels, and photography. In this show, you’ll see the creativity and skill that opens up our story worlds, and give form to the visions that drive a digital industry.
Going analogue, these pixel wizards use paint and canvas to highlight their talents beyond software programs.
#Strangelings weave the art and tech communities together.

Featuring works by:

Carollyne Yardley, co-owner, former Art Director, Star Global Advanced IT Corp.
http://www.carollyne.com

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 36, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 36, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Carollyne Yardley completed two years in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where she completed a double major in Psychology and History in Art. Most recently, she has taken art classes at the Victoria College of Art and studied with The Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
For over thirteen years, she was the founder, co-owner and Creative Director of a technology company specializing in visual communications for websites and custom software interfaces.
Specializing in her style called, “Squirrealism,” Carollyne has been featured recently on CTV News, CFAX1070, Vic42, Monday Magazine, YAM Magazine, and the cover of Focus Magazine (Dec 2012 and Feb 2013).
Carollyne is interested in the repetition of imagery and brand development. Her work is based on imaginary, characters; misfits and alienation. Or perhaps an alien nation. The squirrel face is a metaphor for the secrets we keep.

Jose Brand, Lead Concept Artist, KANO/APPS.
http://www.josebrand.com/

Hurry up, Acrylic on panel, 11x14, Jose Brand

Hurry up, Acrylic on panel, 11×14, 2013 Jose Brand

Jose Brand was born and raised in the northern Canadian city of Terrace,
BC. As a kid he spent most of his time outdoors biking and snowboarding on
the nearby mountains. Aside from this he has always made time for art, and
has been drawing for as long as he can remember. Jose feels fortunate to
have grown up with a very creative family that has always been supportive
of his creativity.

Diving into digital art has changed Jose’s life.  After starting to use
Photoshop about 13 years ago, he was hooked.  Jose now lives in beautiful
Victoria, BC where he works as Lead Concept Artist for the social gaming
company Kano Apps. He spends most of his days drawing zombies, pirates,
and Vikings.  Even though he draws at work full time, his passion for art
and wanting to create drives him to spend even more time drawing and
painting.

Each painting Jose creates is part of a world he envisions, where the
painting is a single moment in the life and story of each character.

Paul Dowd, former Art Director, Farmville, Zynga. http://pauldowd.ca/

Steam punked, 24×24, Acrylic on Board, 2013, Paul Dowd

Born in Toronto, Paul Dowd moved out to Victoria B.C. at age 12. After spending his youth absorbed in both fine art and music, Paul studied for a year at the Victoria College of Art then took off for a music tour around Europe with ‘The Bill Hilly Band’. Paul spent several years playing music with a number of groups in town and then decided to apply his art skills in a digital medium, as well as actually make a living off art.

He started doing web design (or today called User Interface design) and shortly after had the opportunity to do concept art for a space RTS game called Sins Of a Solar Empire by Iron Clad Games. He then got a gig with a start-up called Zynga. He was the primary artist in the beginning doing all the branding (including designing the Zynga Logo), art, animation UI/UX design for all of there titles. As they company grew, he began working on single titles, first spending a year on Zynga Poker, then moving to a new game that was in development called FarmVille. He and two other artists produced the game which Paul thought was kind of silly, but once the masses got a taste it grew to 33 million players a day (at that time the largest game in history). Despite the fact he was remote, he quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the Art Directors on a team of 20+ artists. Paul spent 4 years with the team and produced several expansions. This was a very fun and busy time, but proved to be a great growing experience: a place where one truly surrenders their ego as work is critiqued dozens of times a day.

Paul now finds himself as the Art Director at Tiny Mob Games doing 3D work and concept work.

Paul very much enjoys hands on painting which sat on the back burner during this 10 year stint into the digital realm. After a long hiatus he’s picked up the brush to create fun nerdy creations as well as continue some fine art expressions. There’s nothing like processing your emotions on canvas, it’s quite an amazing experience.

 

UPDATE:  Just dropped off artwork to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria today. Here’s a sneak peek of a couple of pieces!

A couple of pieces by Carollyne Yardley getting ready to be hung at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

A couple of pieces by Carollyne Yardley getting ready to be hung at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

 

A couple of pieces by Jose Brand getting ready to be hung at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

A couple of pieces by Jose Brand getting ready to be hung at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria