John Boak


Oil paint just feels good. It is in no hurry. Oil lingers. It remembers the moment. The daily changes of slow drying oil suggest new pathways while closing off others. Oil honors commitment and rewards us with depth of feeling.


Bits are agile. Digital painting frees development of the idea. Layers, color shifts, undoing, brushes, smudges, erasers, layer interactions: all serve the speedy feedback loops of learning. I like low-friction image evolution. Can I surprise me?


My tools let me be a hunter gatherer of the daily image. I walk & I curate the world. My images are icons of the moment. Whispers of feeling. Lines with logic. Jewels of the earth. The now is quick. It makes digital seem slow and painting glacial. I am grateful for eyes, hands & tools.

oil paintings

  • West 46th Street #2
    West 46th Street #2
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2015
  • York Street
    Oil on linen | 48" x 48" | 2016
  • cab
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2014
  • 46the Street
    West 46th St.
    Oil on panel | 42"x60"| 2015

print galleries

october | blue

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • alley plates
    Alley Plates
    Aluminum Print
  • sweaters
    aluminum print
  • leaf mystery
    Leaf Mystery
    Aluminum Print
  • Bristlecone
    aluminum print
  • Forest Lake 1
    aluminum print
  • cassini
    aluminum print
  • morning 1
    aluminum print
  • Dry Union Gulch Fence Post
    Dry Union Gulch
    aluminum print
  • beinecke abstration
    Rare Box
    aluminum print

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • hagerman
    aluminum print
  • doors
    aluminum print
  • cassini
    aluminum print
  • aspen
    aluminum print
  • Bristlecone
    aluminum print
  • coffee
    aluminum print
  • carisma
    aluminum print
  • douglas fir
    aluminum print
  • Forest Lake 1
    aluminum print


commissions & public art

  • Maring Stairwell
    Stairwell Aluminum Prints
  • elmoro rest area colorado
    El Moro Rest Area, Colorado
    aluminum, bronze, steel, glass, slate glyphs in architecture
  • Yamoransa ICTC glyphs
    Yamoransa ICTC Library
    Acrylic mural
  • kenkey ladies and volunteers
    Yamoransa ICTC Home Ec
    acrylic mural
  • St. Joseph Hospital
    St. Joseph Hospital
    oil on panel
  • Lavoir
    Oil on Birch Ply, 47"x53"
  • Palace
    Palace Oil on Birch Ply 47"x47" January 2010