boak art digital 2

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.

808Projects Show
808 Santa Fe Drive
March 2019


oil paintings

  • shimokitazawa
    Shimokitazawa 下北沢
    oil on linen | 48" x 48" | 2018
  • 46the Street
    West 46th St.
    Oil on panel | 42"x60"| 2015
  • West 46th Street #2
    West 46th Street #2
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2016
  • cab
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2014
  • York Street
    Oil on linen | 48" x 48" | 2016
  • snowboarder
    Half Pipe 1
    oil on canvas | 48" x 48" | 2018

print galleries

october | cabinet of abstraction

a recent series of explorations


digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Ruin
    aluminum prints
  • cabinet_7905-a
    Cabinet 7905
    aluminum print
  • Incremental
    aluminum print
  • Gibson 4439
    aluminum prints
  • Isso Rock
    aluminum prints
  • isso
    aluminum prints
  • 4th Ave 8132
    aluminum print
  • cabinet-4316
    Cabinet 4316
    aluminum print
  • eclipse-2214
    Eclipse 2214
    aluminum print
  • Ice Smith's Ditch
    aluminum print
  • Mori 3773
    aluminum print
  • abstraction
    Smith Lake 4517
    aluminum print
  • Blossom 3864
    DyeSublimation on aluminum, with mounting hardware.  9"x12” | $175 18"x24"  | $35027"x36” | $75040"x54” | $1650 Images can also be produced on paper or other substrates. Does not include the cost of crate needed for the 40″ x 54″ size.
  • Fuin No Taki 3
    aluminum prints
  • introspect
    Blind 6238
    aluminum print
  • Bristlecone 2130
    aluminum prints
  • Water Planet 10/3/19
    Aluminum prints
  • Introspect
    aluminum print
  • Aspen 4123
    aluminum prints
  • yellow tree smith lake
    Yellow Tree 4520
    aluminum print


commissions, installations & public art

  • Hyatt Place Pena Station
    digital painting | prints
  • Oil
    oil painting
  • 1stBank, Edwards CO
    Oil Painting
  • cobank waterleaf grandgulch
    Aluminum Prints
  • 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