John Warren Oakes, Painter

John Warren Oakes



John Warren Oakes is a painter in acrylic, oil and encaustic and exhibits internationally and is art director of Ethereal Publications. He is Professor Emeritus in Art at Western Kentucky University where he taught 46 years.

He and prize winning poet wife Dr. Elizabeth Oakes live in Sedona, AZ.

In 1962, Oakes received an Albert Dorne Scholarship to attend the Art Students League of New York where he studied with Arnold Blanch, Edward Chavez, Doris Lee, and Edward Millman. Oakes was an Ogden Scholar, graduating cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 1964. He received an M.A. degree in 1966 from the University of Iowa studying with Mauricio Lasansky, Eugene Ludens, James Lechay and John Schulze. In 1973, he received the M.F.A. degree from Iowa studying with Byron Burford, Joseph Patrick, Michael Tyzack and Tony Underhill. He continued his post graduate work at Harvard University receiving the C. A. A. in 1975.

Oakes has exhibited in 461 exhibitions and had 50 one-man shows. He has won 35 prizes for his paintings, prints, drawings and creative photography.

Works in public or private collections in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington,

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the West Indies.

Books Authored:

Art Sources for Picasso’s Work

All I Know About Painting

Minimal Aperture Photography Using Pinhole Cameras

Action Amiga: Computer Graphics and Video Production Manual


He is a member of:

Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition

Sedona Area Guild of Artists, Charter Member, Master Signature Artist

ArtWorks Coalition of Bowling Green, KY

Encaustic Art Institute of Cerrillos, NM

Encaustic Artists International

International Encaustic Artists
Ethereal Publications:
Oakes Blog:


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