Raymond J. Eastwood (1898-1987). Dessert Morning, Easter 1957. Oil on canvas measures 25 x 30 inches; 28 x 33 inches in a custom frame of the period with finished corners. Signed lower left, just below bushes. Artist estate stamp with Lawrence KS address on reverse stretcher.
Studied at Yale Sch. FA, ASL, and with DuMond, W. S. Kendall and E. C. Taylor. Memberships include Provincetown AA, Beachcombers, All. A. Am., Mid-Am. A., ASL, Scarab CI. Exhibited at Provincetown AA (first exhibition), NAD, PAFA (1929 and 1935), Mid-Am. A. (prize), Missouri Valley A., Kansas Painters, Vose Galleries, World’s Fair, 1939 in New York with painting “Old Telegraph Station”, Coronado Expo., Albuquerque, NM, Nelson Atkins Mus. of Art, Kansas, Roy’s Gallery, Lawrence, Mulvane Art Museum. Works at Philbrook A. Center, Wichita AA, Tulsa Univ., Kansas Baker Univ., Cornell Univ. Listed in Who was Who in American Art, 1975 edition.
1898 Born May 25, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Details of his family history are scarce.1916-1920 Studied with Frank V. DuMond at The Art Students League of New York; worked as a theatre scene painter.1920-21 One year of post-graduate studies at Yale University.
1920 or 1921 First summer spent painting near Provincetown, Massachusetts.
1922 Began position as Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
1927 First exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association.
1930 Promoted to Associate Professor at The University of Kansas.
1938 Served as Recording Secretary of the Provincetown Art Association.
1939 Exhibited Old Telegraph Station at the World’s Fair in New York, making this painting Eastwood’s most historically significant.
1940 One-man exhibition of eleven Cape Cod paintings at Vose Galleries, Boston; exhibited one painting at the Coronado Exposition in Albuquerque, NM.
1941 Represented in annual exhibition of Allied Artists of America, held at the National Academy Galleries in New York; Eastwood continued marketing his work there through the 1970’s.
1942 Served as Acting Chairman of Drawing and Painting at KU while Albert Bloch was on sick leave.
1943 Served as an intelligence specialist in the Army Air Force, making aerial reconnaissance photographs in the United States through 1945.
1944 Exhibited twelve dune paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
1945 Taught summer art classes at the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the invitation of Director Bernard “Poco” Frazier, a sculptor and KU alumnus.
1946 Eastwood painted his first landscapes of the desert Southwest.
1947 Served as Chairman of Painting and Drawing, a position held until 1963; spent the summer in Utah and Provincetown.
1948 First summer at Monument Valley and probably his last visit to Provincetown.
1949 Promoted to Professor at The University of Kansas; exhibited at the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum in Omaha and at the Ninth Annual Missouri Exhibition in St. Louis.
1950 June 3, Eastwood married Devona Doxie (b. 1909?), a vocal music professor from Los Angeles. They met at a faculty meeting in 1949. Devona had to leave her position due to the nepotism laws of the time.
1952 Eastwood served as Acting Director of the Art Museum and Acting Chair of the Department of Art History at KU for one year.
1950’s- 70’s Numerous regional exhibitions: Lawrence, Manhattan, Topeka, Pittsburg (KS), Kansas City (MO), Springfield (MO), Chicago (IL), Kalamazoo (MI).
1968 Eastwood retired from KU after forty-six years of teaching. He continued to paint, exhibit and travel after his retirement.
1969 Spencer Art Museum at Kansas University exhibited his work and printed a catalog.
1987 November 24, Raymond J. Eastwood died in Lawrence, Kansas after a twenty-year battle with heart disease.
1989 An estate exhibition was organized by Judi Geer Kellas at Roy’s Gallery in Lawrence.
1993 Cape Cod Dunes was included in an exhibition, “The League at the Cape,” at the Provincetown Art Association Museum.
1995 The Mulvane Art Museum hosts exhibition of Eastwood’s paintings, and publishes exhibition catalog to detail the artist’s life and work.
1996 Davona Doxy Eastwood, wife of the artist, died, having lived in family home until her death.
Also he exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City MO and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.