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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.

CNIB ‘Eye Appeal” Art Event 2013: Squirrel Stole the Banksy Balloon (after The Balloon Girl), Carollyne Yardley, Pop Surrealism.

I am donating this painting to the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event.

The CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event will be held on May 10, 2013 at the Crystal Garden in Victoria, BC.
Here is information about Banksy, and the online shop.

Squirrel Stole the Bansky Balloon (character study), 14″ x 11″, Oil on Board, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

 

The Balloon Girl

{From Stencil Revolution}
Banksys The Balloon Girl first started appearing on various London walls in 2002. The work has been known by several titles: There is Always Hope Balloon Girl, The Girl with the Red Balloon, and Red Heart, among others. The painting has been reproduced several times, not all containing the words There is Always Hope, though the most popular copies contains these words. The prints are available through many art dealers in various sizes. Reference here.

Banksy, Balloon Girl

Banksy, The Balloon Girl

 

About the Event
The CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event is one of the most anticipated fundraisers for CNIB on Vancouver Island. Attendees will experience fine dining, breath-taking art and the opportunity to bid on unique items.

Through the help of over 200 locally and internationally renowned artists as well as various sponsors and volunteers, the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event raises money to fund programs on Vancouver Island.  http://eyeappeal.org/

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.To find out more, visit http://www.cnib.ca/ or call 1-800-563-2642.

Is the Pope a Secret Squirrel? If the Red Shoe Fits, Dance. Pop Surrealism, Art Gallery

ROMANCING THE SQUIRREL
SHOW CONTINUES UNTIL APRIL 01, 2013

THE APARTMENT GALLERY

FEB 22 – APRIL 01, 2013
1016 FORT STREET
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

Saint Squirrel: Protecting You ‘Cause You’re Nuts! 18 x 24, Oil on Canvas, 2010. Available for viewing and purchase at The Apartment Gallery until April 01, 2013.

Event Photos and Video!

Romancing the Squirrel at the Apartment Gallery, Feb 22 – April 01, 2013, Victoria, BC Pop Surrealism | The Art of Consumption – Contemporary Pop Art Surrealism Acrylic Oil Painting Pop Art Gallery Victoria BC Carollyne Yardley

 

 

Event Photos and Video! Romancing the Squirrel at the Apartment Gallery, Feb 22 – April 01, 2013, Victoria, BC Pop Surrealism

Cool video by Jen Steele Photography

SHOW CONTINUES TO APRIL 01, 2013

THE APARTMENT GALLERY

FEB 22 – APRIL 01, 2013
1016 FORT STREET
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm


Here are a few teaser photos from my camera, I will post more when the photographer and gallery send me their pictures. Close to 3oo people attended the opening at The Apartment Gallery, and I was very impressed with how they handled the overflow, considering the gallery size.  They graciously opened up the spa downstairs so art lovers could enjoy wine and spa treatments, while waiting for the crowd to turn over.

See coverage of the show, and Press Release
CTVNEWS
CFAX 1070
Focus Magazine
Pennello Lane
Vic42.com
Exhibit-V.ca

I’m expecting an email tomorrow that says, “They said I wasn’t on the guest list, Love Mom.”

We do our best.

Green Felt Squirrel Doll after Romancing the Squirrel (Tierre Joline production). Photo by Jen Steele

Green Felt Squirrel Doll after Romancing the Squirrel . Photo by Jen Steele

Video by Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.ca

 

Tierre Joline (hat designer), Carollyne Yardley (holding felted squirrel made by Tierre Joline modeled after Romancing), Alexander Kaiser (Silly Hats by Alexander), Romancing the Squirrel, Opening Night, Feb 22, 2013

Danica Wilcox and Tierre Joline wearing Tierre Joline hats. The painting, Revolution 9, by Carollyne Yardley, in between.

Wonderful ladies of The Apartment Gallery, Romancing the Squirrel, Feb 22 - April 01, 2013 - Photo courtesy of  The Apartment Gallery

Wonderful ladies of The Apartment Gallery, Romancing the Squirrel, Feb 22 – April 01, 2013 – Photo courtesy of The Apartment Gallery

The Erling-Tyrells with Carollyne Yardley, Romancing the Squirrel, Feb 22, 2013

Thank you to everyone involved, Ellen Manning, Director of the Apartment Gallery, the countless volunteers, hat and clothing designers who came armed with gorgeous models wearing delicious hats, Heather Leary who donned the Tropical Girl Squirrel outfit for a second time.

Romancing the Squirrel, The Apartment Gallery, Opening Night, Feb 22, 2013

Cupcakes on silverware at Romancing the Squirrel at The Apartment Gallery

Scyi Norgaard, and Alexander Kaiser (Silly Hats by Alexander)

Chantelle Kneale and friend

Donna, Gordon and Tierre with The Avenger, Romancing the Squirrel, The Apartment Gallery, Victoria, BC

 

A big thank you to Burke Tanner of Beverage Concepts International who represents Cannery Brewing, Dennis of McLaren Vale Wines, and my new favorite drink, Diplimatico Rum 12 y/o. I’ve always loved an age statement.

Green Felted Squirrel by Tierre Joline (after Romancing the Squirrel), with Diplimatico Rum sponsored by Burke Tanner of Beverage Concepts International

 

Heather Leary as Tropical Girl Squirrel. Photo courtesy of The Apartment Gallery

Heather Leary as Tropical Girl Squirrel with Carollyne Yardley. Photo courtesy of The Apartment Gallery

 

In the contemporary world we put on various costumes, faces and disguises to mold ourselves for roles and positions in society, taming the unattainable or unmentionable desires hidden within our personal psyches.  Break this cycle of suppression and enter into the world of Carollyne Yardley in which everyday and every image is a witty insight into the characters beneath the surface!  Romancing the Squirrel  presents Yardley’s entire body of unique personalities  – her characters, our real selves, emerge from behind the safety screen of the mask, the ‘squirrely’ exterior.  Yardley’s signature style is a calculated and revolutionary approach to art historical tradition invigorating and enlivening the static entities of the past with the eccentric personalities of the present.  Ellen Manning, The Apartment Gallery

THE SHOW CONTINUES UNTIL APRIL 01, 2013.

THE APARTMENT GALLERY
FEB 22 – APRIL 01, 2013
1016 FORT STREET
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

See coverage of the show, and Press Release
CTVNEWS
CFAX 1070
Focus Magazine
Pennello Lane
Vic42.com
Exhibit-V.ca

CTV News Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013. Squirrel Bombed!

I was so thrilled when Adam Sawatsky asked to do a news segment for Romancing the Squirrel art show which is on at The Apartment Gallery Feb 22 – April 01, 2013.
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

The segment aired on CTV News at 5 pm & 11pm for Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013.
Also featured on full segment (not on this web posted clip) were Mary Walsh, Actor, Steven White of Dance Victoria, and David Vest, Musician.

 

 

So guess who got Squirrel Bombed again?

See the first time here.  
This photo is super rad tho’ ’cause Adam’s in the awesome squirrel mask for realzies!

 

Adam Sawatsky (squirrel) and Carollyne Yardley during interview for CTVNews at 5 & 11pm. Coverage for Romancing the Squirrels, at The Apartment Gallery (Aired Feb 21, 2013)

Adam Sawatsky (squirrel) and Carollyne Yardley during interview for CTVNews at 5 & 11pm. Coverage for Romancing the Squirrels, at The Apartment Gallery (Aired Feb 21, 2013) Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013. Photo by Ellen Manning, Director of The Apartment Gallery

Romancing the Squirrel: A Retrospective – Carollyne Yardley, The ApARTment Gallery, Pop Surrealism

Romancing the Squirrel Invite

Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, from 6-9 pm
Please RSVP by Feb 20th as space is limited:
Click here to RSVP

Location: The ApARTment Gallery
Google Maps: 1016 Fort Street (upstairs)
Tel: 778-430-5585

Romancing the Squirrel showcases the progression of Carollyne Yardley’s fascinating squirrel series. Yardley furthers the portrait into intricate narratives and all encompassing environments where the presence of the squirrel pops up in unexpected places. Recognizable characters mingle with Yardley’s squirrely exteriors to envision a life where our alien, humorous and subconscious personalities are revealed.

Carollyne Yardley’s signature style has captivated all, creating composite squirrel creatures which inspire discussion and laughter.  By entering the subconscious and revealing our hidden characters, Yardley challenges the spectator to let their inner selves free.  Romancing the Squirrel presents the next progression of this unique series while embracing the origins of ‘The Squirrel’.  This is no ordinary art event, rather it is an all encompassing environment of quirky characters and eccentric worlds.  Jump into the surreal mind of Carollyne Yardley – you may never want to jump back out!

Use your imagination and explore the intricacies of Yardley’s eccentric worlds and histories. Her artistic prowess moves beyond the canvas for this exciting exhibition full with quirky characters and surreal socialites. Explore the alternate reality of this intriguing artist.

Ellen Manning
Director
The ApARTment Gallery

Show continues:  April 01, 2013

Also featured at the apARTment Gallery

Lyle Shultz

Pete Kohut, Paint Is Only Skin-deep", 40" x 40", oil on canvas

Pete Kohut, Paint Is Only Skin-deep”, 40″ x 40″, oil on canvas

Tierre Joline

Alexander Kaiser

Connolly McDougall Design

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Special thanks to Burke Tanner of Beverage Concepts International Networking Agency