Courtesy Bellevue Gallery
"For S. H. 1"
Wayne Eastcott, "For S. H. 1", silkscreen, digital, and stencilled enamel on aluminum and paper, 34" x 44"
Born: Trail, BC
Studied: Vancouver School of Art 1966
Price Range: $450 - $5000
Staff at The Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver enjoy working with collectors. “Each one is on an individual journey based on their personal tastes in art, their knowledge, experience and creative instincts. I love watching people fall in love with art in general and a particular artist. It can happen at any age.” says executive director, Lynn Ray. “I remember one patron who came in looking for something specific, fell in love with the work of another artist and changed direction completely.”
For new collectors, she observes that art by established printmakers workng in small editions can be an affordable way to start. For example, Wayne Eastcott and Michiko Suzuki have work available for less than $500. They’ve also done a collaborative exhibition, Interconnection, which weaves their creative processes together.
Eastcott’s innovative printmaking led to new techniques based on drawing and photographic imagery with a strong technological basis, often reworked with gestural effects. Producing mostly silkscreen prints, with a variety of inks (often handmade), he prints on paper and aluminum to create visually rich collages of man-made and natural images.
Research is an enjoyable aspect of art collecting. Attend “meet the artist” receptions; read reviews in newspapers and magazines to see what critics say about the artist or the genre that interests you.