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

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

print galleries

may | etsy items

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Clematis
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • fridge door
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • Galena Tundra
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • Black Rock
    Aluminum Print | Esty Boakart
  • Red Grass Green Pines
    Red Grass
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • Grand Gulch
    Grand Gulch
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • Davita Terrace
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • Arapahoe Lake Grass
    Arapahoe Grass
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • DIA Westin
    DIA Westin
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart

may | digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Dry Union Gulch Fence Post
    Dry Union Gulch
    aluminum print
  • kansas
    Kansas 11916
    aluminum print
  • sweaters
    aluminum print
  • tundra 3696
    Tundra 3696
    Aluminum Print
  • venice
    Venetian Abstract
    aluminum print
  • fence post
    Union 2
    aluminum print
  • Stare digital painting
    Aluminum Print
  • Galapago Chevy Truck
    Galapago Truck
    aluminum print
  • kinnikinnick
    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