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

print galleries

june | yellow

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • snow and lichens
    Gold Hill
    aluminum print
  • Galapago Chevy Truck
    Galapago Truck
    aluminum print
  • DIA Westin
    DIA Westin
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • kinnikinnick
    aluminum print
  • lake dorothy stream
    Stream Jewels
    aluminum prints
  • kansas
    Kansas 11916
    aluminum print
  • water leaf
    Water Leaf
    aluminum print
  • forest lakes stream
    Forest Lake Stream
    aluminum print
  • Diamond Lake
    Diamond Lakeshore
    aluminum print

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Osaka Window 1
    Osaka Window 1
  • venice
    Venetian Abstract
    aluminum print
  • alley plates
    Alley Plates
    Aluminum Print
  • leaf mystery
    Leaf Mystery
    Aluminum Print
  • kinnikinnick
    aluminum print
  • tundra 3696
    Tundra 3696
    Aluminum Print
  • kansas
    Kansas 11916
    aluminum print
  • fence post
    Union 2
    aluminum print
  • Stare digital painting
    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