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

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

print galleries

september | wood

A selection of prints on aluminum


digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Hoodie
    aluminum prints
  • Bristlecone 2130
    aluminum prints
  • Ruin
    aluminum prints
  • todaiji bhudda
    Todaiji Bhudda
    aluminum prints
  • Sun Jewels
    aluminum prints
  • Roxborough
    aluminum prints
  • idaho
    Idaho 0533
    aluminum prints
  • gra
    Grass Curls 1
    aluminum prints
  • Head Light 6
    aluminum prints
  • December 25
    Aluminum prints
  • December 1
    December 1
    aluminum prints
  • old wood
    Old Wood
    aluminum prints
  • Escalators 2
    aluminum prints
  • blizzard
    aluminum print
  • ferrari
    aluminum prints
  • sprague hall
    Sprague Hall
  • evegenia medvedeva
    Skater 1184
    aluminum prints
  • Bouquet
    aluminum prints
  • November 7
    aluminum prints
  • Grass Three
    aluminum print


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