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

  • snowboarder
    Half Pipe 1
    oil on canvas | 48" x 48" | 2018
  • shimokitazawa
    Shimokitazawa 下北沢
    oil on linen | 48" x 48" | 2018
  • 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" | 2016
  • cab
    Cab
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2014

december | snow & red

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • wind drift
    Wind Drift 0193
    aluminum prints
  • bristlecone 2133
    Bristlecone 2133
    aluminum print
  • Baby Cone
    aluminum prints
  • idaho
    Idaho 0533
    aluminum prints
  • snow & ice
    Grasmere Ice and Snow
    aluminum prints
  • mayflower
    Atlantic & Pacific
    aluminum prints
  • snow 0426
    Snow 0426
    aluminum prints
  • one seven
    One Seven
    aluminum prints
  • halfpipe 1194
    halfpipe 1194
    aluminum prints
  • old wood
    Old Wood
    aluminum prints
  • ferrari
    Ferrari
    aluminum prints
  • December 22
    December 22
    aluminum print
  • Sun Jewels
    aluminum prints
  • snow tracks
    Small Tracks Empty Forest
    aluminum prints
  • Snowboarder 1149
    aluminum prints
  • Ripples
    Ripples
    aluminum print
  • snow branches
    Snow Branches
    aluminum prints
  • snow grass
    Grass Drawing
    aluminum prints
  • Grand Gulch Wall
    aluminum prints
  • December 1
    December 1
    aluminum prints
  • snowboarder
    Half Pipe 1
    oil on canvas | 48" x 48" | 2018
  • Comb Ridge 146
    aluminum prints
  • lostman water
    Lost Man Creek
    aluminum prints
  • Hoodie
    Hoodie
    aluminum prints
 

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Escalators 2
    aluminum prints
  • Blue White
    Aluminum prints
  • horyuji railing
    Horyuji Railing
    aluminum prints
  • one seven
    One Seven
    aluminum prints
  • old wood
    Old Wood
    aluminum prints
  • Sun Jewels
    aluminum prints
  • Grass Curl
    Grass Curl 3709
    aluminum prints
  • gra
    Grass Curls 1
    aluminum prints
  • todaiji bhudda
    Todaiji Bhudda
    aluminum prints
  • December 1
    December 1
    aluminum prints
  • Night Light
    Aluminum prints
  • Roxborough
    Roxborough
    aluminum prints
  • November 7
    aluminum prints
  • Head Light 6
    aluminum prints
  • sprague hall
    Sprague Hall
  • December 22
    December 22
    aluminum print
  • idaho
    Idaho 0533
    aluminum prints
  • ferrari
    Ferrari
    aluminum prints
  • evegenia medvedeva
    Skater 1184
    aluminum prints
  • Hoodie
    Hoodie
    aluminum prints
 

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