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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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.

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!