John Boak

paint

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.

digital

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?

process

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

july | architecture

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Westin DIA
    Westin DIA 4189
    aluminum prints
  • oska canal 0280
    Osaka Canal 0280
    aluminum print
  • cucina colore
    Cucina Colore
    aluminum print
  • Bodie Wall
    aluminum print
  • Hamilton Building
    Night Hamilton #1
    aluminum print
  • diavita terrace
    Davita Terrace
    aluminum print
  • horyuji railing
    Horyuji Railing
    aluminum prints
  • For Jennifer and Hamilton Biuilding
    Jennifer Hamilton
    Aluminum Print
  • wood at Bodie
    Ghost Town Planks
    aluminum print
  • Webb Floor
    Aluminum print
  • Hamilton Steel
    Working on the Hamilton
    aluminum print
  • shimokitazawa
    Shimokitazawa 下北沢
    oil on linen | 48" x 48" | 2018
  • museum of contemporary art denver
    MCA Denver
    Aluminum Print
  • oldenburg at DAM
    Claes Hamilton
    aluminum prints
  • graves under libeskind
    Graves Under Libeskind
  • beinecke abstration
    Rare Box
    aluminum print
 

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Hoodie
    Hoodie
    aluminum prints
  • Grass Curl
    Grass Curl 3709
    aluminum prints
  • Blue White
    Aluminum prints
  • Jaguar
    aluminum print
  • horyuji railing
    Horyuji Railing
    aluminum prints
  • Roxborough
    Roxborough
    aluminum prints
  • Bristlecone
    aluminum print
  • gra
    Grass Curls 1
    aluminum prints
  • Bar Aspen
    Bar Aspen
    alumninum print
  • Escalators 2
    aluminum prints
  • ferrari
    Ferrari
    aluminum prints
  • one seven
    One Seven
    aluminum prints
  • Ripples
    Ripples
    aluminum print
  • old wood
    Old Wood
    aluminum prints
  • todaiji bhudda
    Todaiji Bhudda
    aluminum prints
  • cassini
    Cassini
    aluminum print
  • evegenia medvedeva
    Skater 1184
    aluminum prints
  • Night Light
    Aluminum prints
  • December 22
    December 22
    aluminum print
  • bristlecone 2133
    Bristlecone 2133
    aluminum print
 

commissions

commissions & public art

  • cobank waterleaf grandgulch
    CoBank
    CoBank | 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
    Palace Oil on Birch Ply 47"x47" January 2010