Wayne Eastcott

For many years now my work has been concerned with the unity of the structured order and relationships that make up the created universe. This includes, not only the obvious, in what is usually designated as "nature" or "natural structures", such as the pull of gravity, or the ripples of a pond disturbed, but also the "man-made" structures, such as bridges and electronic circuits. 

On a larger and more subtle scale I'm intrigued by the idea of the interplay between chance and order, the cycles of the seasons, musical harmonics, acceleration, colour and mathematical sequences, linear perspective, etc. What is the relationship between the length of a piano string and the volume of air in the pipes of an organ, or with the change of frequency of the colours of the rainbow, or with the changing speed of a falling rock? Does the accidental exist? Is chance unrecognized order? And, more recently, the tremendous possibilities of the ideas of chaos, relativity and randomness (or lack of it) – Einstein/Hawkins. The concept that the physical fact of a given object or event in a given space at a given time may well affect the whole universe is astounding! 

Because of this ongoing interest in the relativity of man, nature, and technology as an organic, spiritual, emotional being I have been investigating the ideas of working with technologically oriented media with a process which incorporates a series of highly preconceived events (pseudoscientific and intuitive) which, when put into action, almost produces the work by itself-similar to the solution to a mathematical problem. The finished piece is the result of the dialogue between myself and the technology, in that space, at that time, a kind of "all-ness at once-ness" – a parallel.

- Wayne Eastcott


In 1966, Wayne Eastcott graduated with honours in painting and printmaking from the Vancouver School of Art, and embarked on a career of innovative printmaking.  This led to a Canada Council Grant in 1968 for the development of new printmaking techniques, in particular the Xerox technique. He subsequently engaged the interest and active participation of Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York and Fuji-Xerox in Tokyo, Japan where he made a defining video “Electography, what is it?”

Wayne joined the art faculty of the Capilano College in 1971 and, in the same year, he and BC Binning, established the Dundarave Print Workshop in West Vancouver which is now operating on Granville Island in Vancouver.  In 1979, he established the printmaking Department of Capilano College.

Wayne has exhibited nationally and internationally, including New York, Japan, Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany, Spain, India and Brazil. His work is found in many private, corporate and public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada.