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

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

print galleries

july | architecture

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • DIA Westin
    DIA Westin
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • beinecke abstration
    Rare Box
    aluminum print
  • diavita terrace
    Davita Terrace
    aluminum print
  • cucina colore
    Cucina Colore
    aluminum print
  • museum of contemporary art denver
    MCA Denver
    Aluminum Print
  • Hamilton Steel
    Working on the Hamilton
    aluminum print
  • Webb Floor
    Aluminum print
  • Hamilton Building
    Night Hamilton #1
    aluminum print
  • For Jennifer and Hamilton Biuilding
    Jennifer Hamilton
    Aluminum Print

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • leaf mystery
    Leaf Mystery
    Aluminum Print
  • venice
    Venetian Abstract
    aluminum print
  • Oldentruck
    aluminum print
  • fence post
    Union 2
    aluminum print
  • alley plates
    Alley Plates
    Aluminum Print
  • Stare digital painting
    Aluminum Print
  • headlines
    aluminum print
  • tundra 3696
    Tundra 3696
    Aluminum Print
  • Osaka Window 1
    Osaka Window 1


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