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Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

COMICS THIS WEEKEND!!
GROUP SHOW
The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

More photos of the opening here:

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

 

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

Found my first Wonder Woman costume. My mum made it for me when I was about seven? Because I *WAS* LINDA CARTER. #wonderwoman #1970′s

Wonder Woman costume I made and wore on Halloween 1989-2002. Managed to get into this sucker for my comic book cover.

It’s a lot or work, ya know.

The exhibit opens Friday, August 15 ( 7-10:30 pm ), & August 16 ( 10 am -5 pm ) in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival and runs to August 30, 2014.  (map)
Plus there’s a hop on – hope off bus (more info). 

We are exposed throughout our lives to comic book culture starting in childhood with Super Heroes & Cartoon Characters, and then perhaps graduating to Manga, Underground Comics or Graphic Novels. Even the 1940’s detective comics, the 1950’s horror sci-fi classics, that may predate us, still manage to affect us with their nostalgic aura. To many artists comic books were the first exposure to image making – here is your opportunity to reconnect with these roots!

Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale Martin Batchelor Gallery

Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
 (250) 385-7919

Although I had already submitted my artwork to the printer for this show, I especially noticed these artworks during our trip to visit London galleries.

 

After Cristofano ALLORI (Florence 1557-1621 Florence).
Judith with the Head of Holofernes, oil on copper. prob. 16th century

The Jewish heroine Judith holds the head of the enemy Assyrian commander, Holofernes, whom she decapitated in his drunken sleep.

Julian Schnabel, Every Angel Has a Dark Side (exhibit), The Dairy, London, UK.

Media, Photos and Video of Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery. Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Hello! Many thanks to everyone who came to the Opening Reception of Ravenous at Alcheringa Gallery (June 23 – July 19, 2014) either in person, or in spirit. The show continues until July 19, 2014. The Alcheringa Gallery is downtown, located at 665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

SEE POST WITH ARTWORK/IMAGES FROM THE SHOW HERE

I am going to post media, photos and video here over the course of a couple of weeks, so please bookmark this page and visit often.

PHOTOS (By Claire Beauchamp / Alcheringa Gallery)

MEDIA:

Robert Amos, First Nations art, meet squirrels. Times Colonist, June 29, 2014, pg. D7

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014.

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Art Openings by Kate Cino
Read full article at: http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html 

Ravenous. Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at Alcheringa Gallery, by Philip Willey, Saturday, June 28, 2014
Read here: http://exhibit-v.blogspot.ca/2014/06/ravenous-carollyne-yardley-and-rande.html

VIDEO:

Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley at Alcheringa Gallery
Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Opening reception video, Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Pride in Art | June 27 – July 6, 2014. The Queer Truth and Nothing But | Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Pride in Art
June 27 – July 6, 2014.
The Queer Truth and Nothing But
Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Opening Reception: June 27, 2014,  7-10pm

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

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

 

I’m releasing to the public for the first time one of my DOT Pictograms. 

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.

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. Read more.

Ravenous | Alcheringa Gallery | Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley | June 23-July 19, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: PHOTOS, VIDEO, AND MEDIA POSTED HERE

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
June 23 – July 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

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.
Ravenous brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. In this exciting new exhibit, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley will use personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.

"Ravenous"  by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

“Ravenous” by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. More behind the scenes photos here

Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artists’ own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.
Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society. If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience — by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

Featuring works by:

Chief Rande Cook
Website: www.randecook.com 

The Marriage, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

The Marriage, 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Carollyne Yardley
Website: www.carollyne.com 

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief's Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief’s Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and primary source.

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and “beta” photo test.

Chief Rande Cook Squirrel, 36 x 48, Oil on wood Panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Media

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33. Click image to enlarge

Kate Cino, Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, June 23-July 19, 2014. Art Openings, June 16, 2014. Weblog.

Screen capture of Kate Cino's Art Openings.

Screen capture of Kate Cino’s Art Openings. June 16, 2014 http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html

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 23 – July 19, 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

Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery: Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
June 23 – July 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

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.
Ravenous brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. In this exciting new exhibit, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley will use personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.
Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artists’ own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. More behind the scenes photos here.

Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society. If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience — by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

Featuring works by:

Chief Rande Cook
Website: www.randecook.com 

The Marriage, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

The Marriage, 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

 Carollyne Yardley
Website: www.carollyne.com 

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Media

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33. Click image to enlarge

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 23 – July 19, 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

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

#Strangelings – Paintings by Pixel Wizards. Upcoming Art Show.

#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
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 and former Creative Director, Star Global Advanced IT Corp.
http://www.carollyne.com

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

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

Art Gallery House Tour 2013 (AGGV)

Sunday September 8th, 2013 | 10am – 5pm

Tickets on sale August 7th – Buy yours online here and beat the rush!

Victoria’s premier house tour is back for it’s 60th anniversary! Brought to you by the Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, this wonderful event features six of the city’s most spectacular and unique homes. Don’t wait to buy your ticket – they sell out every year!

Victoria’s premiere tour of spectacular houses for 60 years!  In its Diamond Anniversary year, the Art Gallery Associates proudly present six sparkling gems for your viewing.

Reflecting past years, your self directed tour will lead you to homes that will range from a sea side retreat in the City to a large country estate on the Saanich Peninsula.  You will find a very modern home on a city hill, a family home that is completely wheelchair accessible, a tastefully renovated older home, and homes that feature the latest in technology and efficiency, as well as the professional work of their owners.

Setting the Art Gallery House Tour apart from others is the “Art in the Garden” program which sees local artists at work on each site.  This year’s line-up features Robert Amos, Jennifer Lawson, Anne Popperwell, Maarten Schaddelee, Carollyne Yardley, and Kris Kibyuk.  In addition, the homes also feature flower arrangements created to complement each home by the Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild.

Tickets are limited, and since the House Tour began in 1953, sell-out crowds have been inspired by distinctive homes and gardens each year.  This is the single most important annual fundraiser produced by the Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  The funds raised support the mandate of the Gallery, which includes the development of education as well as exhibition programming.

Please note that all of the homes involve some walking and stair climbing and are not suitable for those with limited mobility. Also, parking may not be close by in some cases.

Children under 12 are not permitted on the House Tour.

Tickets are $35 each and will be available after Wednesday, August 7 at the AGGV, all three Gardenworks,Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, and introducing online ticketing. Please remember last entry to homes is 4:45pm.

Visit Art Gallery of Greater Victoria website here.