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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

Squirrealism Family Portrait Sessions: Available Fall 2014 #squirrels #portraits

 

Introducing: The Anonymous Family Portrait.

It started with a conversation with my dad.

Dad: I don’t want you putting our photographs on the web
Me: Ok, Roger that.

Available Fall 2014, I’ll be offering Family Portrait Photo Sessions, which will allow you to customize your very own piece of Squirrealism. No more worries about posting all your personal photos for the world to see with the Anonymous Family Portrait.

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

Deer, Crows and Squirrels. Another day at the farm

I was taking a video today, and here are some stills from the clip.

Squirrel and Crow circle the garden

Squirrel and Crow circle each other in the garden

 

Crow yells at Squirrel.

Crow yells at Squirrel.

 

Crow brings a friend

Crow brings a friend

 

And the chase is on.

And the chase is on.

 

Meanwhile, the deer are hoping nobody notices them.  #headsinbushes

Meanwhile, the deer are hoping no one notices them. #headsinbushes

Original artwork available for sale

I’ve done a round up of original artworks available for purchase. I don’t have a whole lot, as most sells, and is compounded by the fact that they take a long time to paint, and there’s only 12 months to a calendar year.

Please message me through my contact form if you’d like to purchase (inquire about price and shipping), and take one of these home.

In the Name of Rose Squirrel, Oil on Board, 2012, Carollyne Yardley

Morning Glory, 22 X 26, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2012

The Shepherdess (Green Bun Squirrel), 30 X 40, Oil on Board, Carollyny Yardley, 2012 (after Remington)

Fortune Teller Squirrel: Good Times Ahead | 16 X 20 | Oil on Board

 

The Avenger | Oil on Board | 16 x 22 | Carollyne Yardley

 

Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, 2011, Carollyne Yardley

Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, 2011, Carollyne Yardley

 

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

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

Rande Cook Designs: Artist Studio Visit

I made a visit to artist Rande Cook’s design studio last week, and have some photos to share. I was reminded once again of how I become afflicted with S.E.E., aka as “studio. envy. excitement.”  As my eyes darted from the left to the right, much like a turkey who loves bright, shiny things – I first coveted the natural light beaming through the big windows, and then ogled the overhead studio lighting, purpose-made for late night work.

Rande Cook, Artist. Studio Visit Jan 2014.

Rande Cook, Artist. Studio Visit Jan 2014.

This combined with the awesomeness of the showroom area and a massive work space. S.E.E. really peaked when I bared witness to the multiple work stations designed for operating with specific materials, whether it be for jewellery creation, custom architectural design, woodworking, or painting.  The gear at hand includes every tool you’d ever need to get the job done STAT (although artists can always use one more brush).

Rande Cook’s design studio vibrates with creativity, and hums with the components of efficiency and production. I just heard my inner Liz Hurley exclaim, “It’s Not Fair!”

Most of the finished artworks were either coming or going from a public museum or gallery. Either that, or they were heading out to one of Rande’s collectors, each of whom, I’m certain, are eagerly awaiting their new arrival.

While I was onsite, I recognized the Thunderbird sculpture peeking out from behind bubble wrap (seen below at the AGGV). This piece was recently on exhibit during Urban Thunderbirds / Ravens in a Material World,  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (until Jan 12, 2014).   I knew the Ravenous painting was somewhere in the studio too, carefully wrapped, and awaiting her next show. What was really cool though, was to see a test print of the magnificent Vatican photograph (see museum show photo below).

Raven Box - Red Cedar, Copper, Mother of Pearl

Raven Box – Red Cedar, Copper, Mother of Pearl. Photo from Rande Cook website.

I find artist studio visits really eye-opening on many levels. Especially when calling in on a world class, world famous artist like Rande Cook. The investment any artist makes into the business of fabricating their art, whether it be from purchasing the tools –  to self-learning, and professional training, is the same across most industries. But it’s the discipline to care about the technical craftsmanship, and the desire to build the best that yields the greatest results IMO (in my opinion).

This glimpse behind-the-scenes speaks volumes as to why Rande Cook’s finished artwork is in such high demand by galleries, museums, and collectors around the world. It’s a really cool, awesome, atelier, workshop, gallery, and design space. And it really provoked and nourished my S.E.E. (studio. envy. excitement.).

Rande Cook website: http://www.randecook.com/

Ravenous, Acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Ravenous, Acrylic on canvas, 6″ x 6″ Photo from Rande Cook website.

 

Mask in the Vatican. Photo from Rande Cook Facebook Fan Page.

Mask at the Vatican. Photo from Rande Cook Facebook Fan Page.

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 that had 30 artists riff off of a Gerhard Richter painting. When we met, each of us was aware of the others work through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s show Urban Thunderbirds was on at the same time as #Strangelings.

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