carollyne yardley


Carollyne Yardley

Carollyne Yardley coined the term Squirrealism to describe her signature style of fine artwork and commercial media and merchandising 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.

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Okay so I haven’t really posted much artists research on here mainly because it’s already written out in an extremely lengthy way in my sketchbook. So I thought I’d just throw out a few facts on an artist I came across tonight called Carollyne Yardley. 

She considers her work to be classified under the name “Squirrelism” mainly because all of her work is about humanized squirrels. She is a fine artist, who mainly focuses on portraiture and she was raised in Victoria, British Columbia. Her website is here:

I really like her idea of a persona that the squirrels are hiding by erm… being squirrels. Its made me think about possibly creating a persona for myself in my final piece. I also like she only focuses on one animal and I think the lions seem to be prominent and a “base” for me so I think I will focus on them. Yardley combined with another artist I found (shown before on my spam) called Emily Burns - focuses on sexualised deers - might be a starting point for me. I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes me.

Carollyne Yardley“Banksy is a Secret Squirrel” - Oil Painting, Pop Art Gallery Victoria BC

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.

A few months ago we shared an awesome painting by our squirrealist artist friend Carollyne Yardley (previously featured here) entitled Saint Squirrel: Protecting You ‘Cause You’re Nuts!. Carollyne just revealed this glorious polymer clay sculpture of Saint Squirrel, which was created by sculptor Kirsten Sawatsky.

Carollyne has big plans for this holy rodent:

“I will be taking this 3D model to Protoype Equipment Design to be scanned into a 3D scanner. From there I will have a .stl file to work with, and am looking forward to seeing what materials I can recreate this in. I am tossing around the idea of limited edition designer toys out of vinyl, but rocking a Saint Squirrel on the dash of your car like a hula girl also appeals to me. Can’t you just see him all bobble head and everything? And then there’s the idea of a 100 ft gold statue, but I digress…”

We can’t wait to see what happens next!


Artist Carollyne Yardley, Geyser of Awesome friend and fellow squirrel-appreciator (previously featured here), recently shared some very exciting news: she just published a beautiful book of her awesome squirrel paintings entitled, Squirrealism: Carollyne Yardley, Artist“Now you too can get in on “Squirrealism” with this awesome sauce coffee table book.” (Click here to order.)

Carollyne also shared some delightful behind-the-scenes photos of the photo shoot associated with the creation of her Banksy Squirrel painting. We’re immensely proud that the photos feature our Squirrel Mask. Head over to Carollyn’s website to view the rest.