Wayne Eastcott in his studio, ca. 1970.

Wayne Eastcott in his studio, ca. 1970.

Wayne Eastcott, 1943 -

Robert Wayne Eastcott graduated from the Vancouver School of Art with honours in painting and printmaking in 1966. Following art school he established a studio in Vancouver and worked part-time as a commercial artist at a local television station, where he fine-tuned his silkscreen techniques and media design skills.

In the same year, he received a Canada Council grant for the development of new and innovative printmaking techniques. Eastcott began working with electographic plates, obtained from the Xerox Corperation in Rochester, NY and Fuji-Zerox in Tokyo, Japan. The two corporations gave Eastcott their full support, providing him with machinery and materials as he pioneered new ways to use their technology. Eastcott earned the reputation for being Canada’s foremost experimental printmaker. 

Eastcott began teaching at Capilano College in 1971. He and B.C. Binning established the Dunderave Print Workshop in West Vancouver the same year. In 1978 Eastcott founded Capilano College’s printmaking department.

In 1979, Eastcott made his first of many extended trips to Japan.  He fell in easily with members of the Tokyo artistic community, and began investigating the Xerox 2080 (Large Scale Xerox) at Fuji-Xerox, Tokyo, Japan. In 1986, Eastcott began working on his Nikko series, which involved more innovation, printing enamel on aluminium. He produced the video  Electrography, What Is It? for NHK (Directed by Nagasawa Akimichi), in Tokyo, Japan in 1993.

Eastcott is known for being a prolific printmaker producing an impressive body of work, a testament to this, his work is represented his dozens of permanent collections both public and corporate world wide. Eastcott himself was quite organised and methodical, keeping records and source material for each of his prints filed away in folders. 

From 1997 to 2000 Eastcott was invited to be Artist-in-Residence, at Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, B.C. where he continued to teach and produce and show artworks.

In 2003, Eastcott collaborated with with Artist-in-Residence at Capilano University, Tokyo based artist and printmaker, Michiko Suzuki. Suzuki would eventually become Eastcott's wife, and in 2016, Eastcott and Suzuki relocated to Japan, setting up a printmaking retreat in their home in Yabu, Japan.

Selected Collections
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
City of Vancouver (Contemporary Art Gallery, BC)
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Maltwood Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
B.C. Government, Victoria, BC
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
emorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, NLD

Robertson Centre for the Arts, New York, USA
Oregon State University, Corvalis, Oregon, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa, Japan
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
Aichi Gakusen Gallery, Aichi, Japan
Tama Art Univesity Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Tochigi Museum, Tochigi, Japan
Kanagawa Kenmin Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

Selected Corporate Collections
Douglas Holdings Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Reinhard Derreth Graphics, Vancouver, BC
Generation ’84 Youth Society, Vancouver, BC
Aetna Trust Company, Vancouver, BC
Avocat Structured Settlements Inc., Vancouver, BC
Shell Canada Products Ltd., Calgary, AB
Bank of Nova Scotia, Saskatoon, SK
Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, ON
Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto, ON
Xerox Canada, Toronto, ON
International Sea-Land Shipping, Brampton, ON
Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY, USA
International Play Group, Inc, New York, NY, USA
Warner Brothers Co., Japan
W.I.L.L. Eigokai, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Ambassador to Canada (K. Mikamagi – 1981-84)
Fuji-Xerox Co. Ltd., Tokyo, JapanKanto-Ekika-Gas Yuso Co., Tochigi, Japan
Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji, Takarazuka, hyogo,Japan
Restaurant Sushimasa Co., Tokyo, Japan
Epork Co., Tochigi, Japan

One of Eastcott's electromagnetic plates used for printing. 

One of Eastcott's electromagnetic plates used for printing.