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

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

may | wilderness

A selection of prints on aluminum

  • Grand Gulch Wall
    aluminum prints
  • wind drift
    Wind Drift 0193
    aluminum prints
  • snow tracks
    Small Tracks Empty Forest
    aluminum prints
  • rock along the gem lake trail
    Rock, Silver Lake
    aluminum print
  • Stream, Upper Arkansas
    aluminum print
  • snow branches
    Snow Branches
    aluminum prints
  • Sheridan Peak Trail
  • Ripples
    Ripples
    aluminum print
  • bristlecone 2133
    Bristlecone 2133
    aluminum print
  • Hidden Sandstone
    aluminum prints
  • Comb Ridge 146
    aluminum prints
  • Comb Ridge 191
    aluminum prints
  • arkansas river
    Upper Arkansas
    aluminum prints
  • water at crater lake
    Forest Lake Diamonds
    aluminum print
  • snow 0426
    Snow 0426
    aluminum prints
  • mayflower
    Atlantic & Pacific
    aluminum prints
 

digital paintings

A selection of prints on aluminum

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