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

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

november | oregon

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Elk Cliffs 0541
    aluminum prints
  • Beachcomber
    Aluminum prints
  • Rose stone
    aluminum prints
  • south of Cape Falcon
    South of Cape Falcon
    aluminum prints
  • Meriwether Rocks 1
    Meriwether Rock 1
    aluminum prints
  • Morning at Austin Point
    aluminum print
  • Oceanic beauty
    Oceanic beauty
  • Elk Cliffs 2140
    aluminum prints
  • Meriwether Rock 2
    aluminum prints
  • Coastal sandstone
    Delights of coastal hiking #129
    Aluminum prints
  • labor temple
    Astoria Labor Temple
    aluminum prints
  • Tidal recession
    Tidal recession
    Aluminum prints

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • gra
    Grass Curls 1
    aluminum prints
  • Sun Jewels
    aluminum prints
  • Jaguar
    aluminum print
  • Escalators 2
    aluminum prints
  • todaiji bhudda
    Todaiji Bhudda
    aluminum prints
  • Night Light
    Aluminum prints
  • Blue White
    Aluminum prints
  • Hoodie
    aluminum prints
  • Roxborough
    aluminum prints
  • Bar Aspen
    Bar Aspen
    alumninum print
  • bristlecone 2133
    Bristlecone 2133
    aluminum print
  • one seven
    One Seven
    aluminum prints
  • Ripples
    aluminum print
  • Grass Curl
    Grass Curl 3709
    aluminum prints
  • ferrari
    aluminum prints
  • horyuji railing
    Horyuji Railing
    aluminum prints
  • old wood
    Old Wood
    aluminum prints
  • idaho
    Idaho 0533
    aluminum prints
  • December 22
    December 22
    aluminum print
  • evegenia medvedeva
    Skater 1184
    aluminum prints


commissions & public art

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