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Italian copies (forgeries?) of Marion Peck and Carollyne Yardley’s artwork. Good, bad, or flattered?

Occasionally, I Google my name to see if people who love my artwork talk about it, or post images online.  It gives me a chance to reblog, or retweet, and share the love.

A couple of days ago, I was searching online, and found there’s an Italian guy named Giuseppe Zappalà. He appears to be offering his original copy of Green Bun Squirrel, and at least three Marion Peck paintings, among others.

Text from the website under the heading Copie d’autore describes his offerings: http://gizah81.wix.com//restart#!copiedautore/ca4p
Riproduzione fedele di dipinti ad olio su tela e su tavola dal XVI sec. ai giorni nostri.

Translated:
Faithful reproduction oil paintings on canvas and wood from the sixteenth century. the present day.

I can’t quite tell if this is a test website, or if it’s for real? Was it a school project? Or? It does appear, however, that he has painted his own version of Green Bun Squirrel, seen posted here.
He’s given me credit for the original painting, which was nice. I’m quite flattered to be copied alongside the great pop surrealist Marion Peck, who has god-like status in my mind.  It makes such a discovery even more surreal.

Another perfect example of the importance of a registered trademark, and keeping documentation on paintings done from my studio.
FAKES ARE NOW OUT THERE, YOU”VE BEEN WARNED.

Screenshot 11/01/2014

Screenshot 11/01/2014. Copy of Green Bun by Giuseppe Zappala.

 

Original painting of Green Bun Squirrel by Carollyne Yardley, 14 x 20, oil on board, 2011.

Original Green Bun miniature by Carollyne Yardley, 4″ x 5″, oil on board, 2012.

 

Copy painted by Giuseppe Zappala of Boy with Dog

 

 

Girl with cat by Giuseppe Zappala

 

Original Marion Peck “Girl with a Kitten” Oil on canvas 2007

 

Painting by Giuseppe Zappala

 

Original painting by Marion Peck “Kittens” Oil on panel 12″ x 14″ 2003

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, 36.5 x 32, 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

Green Bun DOT Pictogram

Latest addition to the DOT Pictogram series. Read more here.

Green Bun Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, Oil on Board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Green Bun Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, Oil on Board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Society Squirrel Prints Now Available.

Exciting News

Just released!  Signed limited edition prints of Society Squirrel. The original painting was a commission from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada. 
Learn More

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– 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.

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Not sure who got the better gig, Yayoi Kusama dressing George Clooney, or Carollyne Yardley squirrelling Yayoi Kusama.

Not sure who got the better gig, Yayoi Kusama dressing George Clooney, or Carollyne Yardley squirrelling Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi might not have known who George Clooney was, but I sure as heck know who Yayoi Kusama is. She is awesomesauce.

Photographed by Emma Summerton, Clooney is decked out in a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, bow tie, and shoes that are all customized by the artist Yayoi Kusama. According to the accompanying W article, the Japanese artist admitted to not being familiar with who the Hollywood star was…Read Article.

http://blogs.artinfo.com/silhouettes/2013/12/02/spotted-george-clooney-by-yayoi-kusama/

 

Spotted: George Clooney by Yayoi Kusama

Spotted: George Clooney by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

 

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, Pop Surrealism, Art

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel is complete. Here is a post when it was in progress to see underpainting, and more about Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013

#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/

Murakami Squirrel – Supersquirrel or Superad not Superflat

Today I finished Murakami Squirrel. You can see the underpainting for this piece here.  This is part of a series I’m doing about the top internationally prolific contemporary artists of our day, and there will be some artists thrown in that I just think are Superad. Which of course is a play on words from Murakami’s self coined art term, superflat. I wonder if Murakami knows about my self coined term, Squirrealism? Ah well, I’ll ponder that another day.

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

 

 

Murakami Squirrel: 24 x 35, Oil on wood, 2013

Murakami Squirrel: 24 x 35, Oil on wood, 2013

I utilized this piece called, Flowerball Pink (below) to create the shirt design. If Murakami wants to start a t-shirt company, he can use this for his sample line, and perhaps buy himself a Superad Squirrel painting too.

Flowerball Pink by Takashi Murakami

Flowerball Pink by Takashi Murakami

 

 New York Times party in Miami 2009. Photo by Noah Becker http://noahbeckerart.com/

Murakami at New York Times party in Miami 2009. Photo by Noah Becker http://noahbeckerart.com/

 

Takashi Murakami (Murakami Takashi, born in Tokyo on February 1 1962) is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media —fashion, merchandise, and animation— and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term superflat, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society. Superflat is also used as a moniker to describe Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.

Squirrealism: Carollyne Yardley, Artist. Contemporary Art Book

Squirrealism: Carollyne Yardley Artist

 

Squirrealism: Carollyne Yardley, Artist.

This beautifully printed 45 page book contains 35 colour images of Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel paintings. Soft cover, perfect bound, 11.5″ x 8″ with a gloss laminate cover, pages printed on 80# gloss. Printed and bound in Canada.
ISBN 978-0-9919419-0-2

Great for gift giving, art collector or supporter.

Now you too can get in on my cultural art movement called, “Squirrealism”, with this awesomesauce coffee table book.

Image is showing front cover and example of inside page.
Surprise photo on the back.

$30 + $5 shipping/handling




Banksy is a Secret Squirrel. Banksy Art, Artist, Pop Surrealism

Banksy Squirrel is finally complete!

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Behind the scenes photoshoot here.

Greeting cards available here.

 

I’ve been working on this painting since early January 2013. There have been several distractions, art shows, and other production tasks keeping me away from the easel. But finally, it is complete.

In between starting and finishing this piece, I watched Exit Through the Gift Shop, there was the Sotheby’s sale of ‘stolen’ Banksy mural cancelled at the 11th hour, a book was published called Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones, and subsequent book reviews.

 

Since it took me so long to finish this piece, I was praying the entity known as Banksy didn’t pull a reveal in the meantime.  It would’ve ruined the idea of him being a Secret Squirrel.

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

My thoughts behind this piece started from the basic idea, that Bansky qualifies as a Secret Squirrel. Totally covert operations.

Then I started thinking about how many people must know who he is. And to rent city blocks for longs periods of time has to mean he’s got some friends in high places, or he’s way more white collar on the inside than he wants many to believe. So taking from the only things a casual reader like myself could know, or have been led to believe by the Banksy media machine is this:

He’s British, funny and smart as shit, has worn a black hoodie at least once in his lifetime, uses the logo seen here at his website, goes on spray painting holidays to the Separation Barrier, probably hopes for a better world  (little girl with hope balloon), and is anonymous.

And voila, we have Banksy Squirrel.

 

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Read more about Banksy, or visit his website.

MORE ON SOTHEBY’S STORY HERE

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images via Bloomberg

A man takes a mobile phone photo of an artwork attributed to Banksy. The stencilled image depicts a poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine and was located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London. The work was later removed and was to be auctioned in Miami. It was withdrawn moments before the auction.