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SHE, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver, BC | Artists Trace Yeomans, Carollyne Yardley, Rosa Quintana Lillo

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Event: “SHE”

An exhibition that raises the questions

Is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

Opening Reception: Saturday May 23th 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 23th – June 20th
Venue: Fazakas Gallery, 145 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Gallery Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday
Information: www.fazakasgallery.com

SHE

Is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

What does it mean to be a woman in our ever-changing social landscape? How do female artists perceive the impact of gender on their work, practice, and career?  Do they even want their gender to be a discussion point?

In the Fazakas Gallery’s newest show, SHE, three very diverse female artists Rosa Quintana, Carollyne Yardley, and Trace Yeomans come together for a visual discussion.

In terms of female history, much has been said, challenged, restated and rectified. Thanks to some stubborn, tenacious and brilliant women, art history specifically has been revised and forced to include them.
Female artists today have role models with which to identify and draw inspiration. Which begs the question, is SHE there yet? How far has SHE come? How far does SHE need to go?

This exhibition creates an opportunity for pointed questions from the audience, while providing an opportunity to view exceptional work by three talented artists who also happen to be women.

Featured Artists who will be featured in SHE include:

Trace Yeomans was born on Haida Gwaii to a Haida mother and a Ukrainian father. She has been an artist for most of her life, prompting her to pursue this passion throughout high school, and to acquire post-secondary training. Her passion has always been painting but she is also known for her beautiful Dance Regalia with appliqued Haida designs and fabric art techniques, some of which are displayed in museums around the world.

Trace has frequently worked with her husband, Don Yeomans, combining their respective skills to create unique and critically acclaimed artwork, examples of which can be seen in her fabric art and paintings. She has also worked along side him painting and carving on several totem pole commissions, including the monumental poles in the rotunda of the Vancouver International Airport. Trace has explored many mediums during her art career but always circles back to her first love – oil painting.

Carollyne Yardley coined the term Squirrealism to describe her signature style of fine artwork using squirrel faces in paintings, photographs, and digital art to create strange, transgene characters and creatures, living in wonderful worlds.

Through the meticulous and minute brushwork of fine portraiture, Carollyne’s work incorporates allegory and surrealism to explore psychological truths and complexities about the human condition. Even without a human face, her paintings maintain the essence of a portrait, immediately conveying humour and personality — followed by budding uncertainty about the characters and the secrets they keep.

Carollyne Yardley has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CTV News, CBC Radio, online weblogs, and the covers of several books and magazines.

Anonymouse detail of head

Anonymouse detail of head

Rosa Quintana Lillo, was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1977, after fleeing two military dictatorships, she and her family arrived in Toronto, Canada. She is a painter and sculptor working on private and public commissions in Agassiz and Vancouver studios. She attended the Toronto Art Centre where she received a solid technical foundation in the fine arts. Her current paintings deal with content out of context, extinct birds, graffiti, art history and surface texture experimentation.

Since 1989, she has worked for many Contemporary West Coast artists. Her primary work for these artists was the production of carvings, rubber moulds and castings in various materials. She has worked for the Vancouver Art Gallery as a painter on the Michael Lin Mural Project, Public Art Commissions, the Vancouver Film Industry as a sculptor and Props maker and as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University and The Art Institute of Vancouver.   Her works are in collections in the UK, US, Canada and Mexico.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, wearing ESCADA haute couture, darling.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60" x 40" (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), by Carollyne Yardley

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60″ x 40″ (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), 2015 by Carollyne Yardley

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse is complete. It is the introduction of a new character.  The imagery is the marriage of Mickey Mouse ears, and a Guy Fawkes mask, the later being a stylized depiction of Guy Fawkes,  the best-known member of the Gunpowder Plot. More recently the mask has been associated with the film V for Vendetta, the hacktivist group Anonymous, and had wider use in popular protests, such as the Occupy movement.  This painting will be presented at a group show in Vancouver, BC at the Fazakas Gallery, May 23 – June 20, 2015. Opening night: Saturday, May 23rd, 6-8pm. More info will be posted at my website soon.

Anonymouse detail of head

Anonymouse detail of head (full painting is 60 x 40, oil on wood panel, 2015 by Carollyne Yardley)

Several of you will recognize the exquisite nature of the purple jacket. Well, dear fashionistas, you are correct. The gorgeous, purple, satin, and multi-coloured sequin ESCADA jacket seen in the painting, was on loan from the fabulous and elegant Susan Erling-Tyrell, Curator of the Costume Museum at Government House. This piece is from her personal collection.

Details of the ESCADA jacket:

The piece was from The ESCADA Collection of 1980 and a one of piece. The inspiration of this piece was from the art of Salvador Dali and it was designed by Margareta Ley who was the founder of ESCADA.  She was from Sweden and always designed in bright bold and daring themes, ahead of their time because as she said the winters were so long, and dreary and depressing, and that your clothes should always be very bright cheerful and happy to off set the gloom of long winter dark days. She moved to Munich, Germany where this piece was designed. Germany was the base country for all of the original ESCADA clothing.
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Anonymouse detail left side jacket (full painting is 60 x 40, oil on board, 2015 by Carollyne Yardley).

Anonymouse detail left side jacket (full painting is 60 x 40, oil on wood panel, 2015 by Carollyne Yardley).

 

Anonymouse detail right hand (full painting is 60 x 40, oil on board, 2015 by Carollyne Yardley).

Anonymouse detail right hand (full painting is 60 x 40, oil on wood panel, 2015 by Carollyne Yardley).

I decided that because the jacket was circa 1980’s, I also wanted to present it as a piece of magazine advertising from the era. In keeping with many aesthetics of the day, the use of white space was often seen in clothing adverts for the United Colours of Benetton, Swatchpatrick , and Patrick Kelly to name a few.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60" x 40" (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), by Carollyne Yardley

Full size of painting. The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse, oil on wood panel, 60″ x 40″ (152.4 cm x 101.6 cm), by Carollyne Yardley

 

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

The Celebrity of Being Anonymouse (in progress), 60 x 40, Oil on wood panel.

 

Here are some behind the scenes pics capturing Secret Squirrel frolicking with the mask of Anonymouse.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse.  Jan 2015. Photo by Jen Steele.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse, Photo by Jen Steele. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015. Photo by Jen Steele

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015.

Secret Squirrel and mask of Anonymouse. Jan 2015. Photo by Jen Steele

 

 

Madonna and Bank of Squirrel (birth of ideas). New painting 2015.

Madonna and Bank Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

Madonna and Bank Squirrel (birth of ideas), 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015

Introducing the first posted painting of 2015. Madonna and the birth of ideas, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2015.

This painting came about from a photo shoot I did back in 2012. The concept was developed during the same session that I styled the imagery for Charlotte’s Web. The dress and veil came from my costume department, as did the lovely kitsch squirrel. He is actually a Chalkware Squirrel Coin Bank,  and I inherited him from my grandmother. She used to have many images of religion hanging on the walls of her home, and it seemed apropos that dear squirrel be immortalized in the manor of her interior decor. (Insert Wink). Perhaps I’ll do as well with my invention of Church of Squirrel.

Model: Jen Steele

Glorious Tree Hat: Silly Hats Only by Kaiser Alexander

Makeup: Jen Clark

Carpooling for work today. #gnomes

Had to carpool to work today. #gnome

Carpooling to work. Photo by Anonymouse

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. 
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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