George John Vakaleris (J. Vak) studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) where he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration.
J. VAK was born in 1957 of Greek parents. Since childhood, his frequent trips to Mykonos, Skopelos, Santorini, and other Greek islands have greatly inspired most of his paintings. In addition, the influence of his life in California as well as Arizona where he currently resides can be observed in his work. Regardless of the subject matter, J.VAK is typically concerned with color, light and detail. Often there is a feeling of peace and tranquility in his work.J. VAK’s restless nature and creative urge have led him to his latest interest which is cars.
Whether it’s the old classic cars of the 30s - 50s, the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s, or the ultramodern sports cars of today, the shiny metallic surfaces and reflections have been a great source of inspiration and intrigue. J. VAK has skillfully incorporated these cars into his beautiful luminosity landscapes to create amazing, captivating images. What started as a sidekick for J. VAK has now become all consuming. With the vast array of makes and models of cars, either alone or in combination with a beautiful landscape, the possibilities seem endless.
J. VAK welcomes commissions of your favorite car in a specific color, make, model, and year placed in a setting of your choice.