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

  • West 46th Street #2
    West 46th Street #2
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2016
  • 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
  • cab
    Oil on panel | 48"x48" | 2014

august | yellow

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Diamond Lake
    Diamond Lakeshore
    aluminum print
  • grass at mono lake
    Morning Mono Lake
    aluminum print
  • gucci shinjuku tokyo
    Gucci Shinjuku
    aluminum print
  • branch line
    Branch Line
    aluminum prints
  • DIA Westin
    DIA Westin
    Aluminum Print | Etsy Boakart
  • carisma
    aluminum print
  • roxborough january
    Roxborough January
  • lake dorothy stream
    Stream Jewels
    aluminum prints
  • kinnikinnick
    aluminum print
  • snow and lichens
    Gold Hill
    aluminum print
  • Aspen Side 4044
    aluminum prints
  • water leaf
    Water Leaf
    aluminum print
  • tundra stream with sun spots
    Sun Stream
    aluminum prints
  • Galapago Chevy Truck
    Galapago Truck
    aluminum print
  • kansas
    Kansas 11916
    aluminum print
  • forest lakes stream
    Forest Lake Stream
    aluminum print

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

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