Jan Boeckhorst was a multifaceted artist who produces historical paintings on religious and mythological themes, figurative works, genre scenes, and portraits. Boeckhorst has also worked as a designer for tapestry projects. He is known to have designed eight tapestries on Apollo's myths and also designed for publishers in Antwerp.
There are only three of his signed and dated pictures and five only dated. Because of the small number of signed paintings, it is difficult to locate Bockhorst's works with certainty, and some attributes are disputed amongst art historians.
As was common practice among artists in Antwerp, Boeckhorst often collaborated as an artist with landscape designers Jan Wildens and Jan Brueghel the Younger. Boeckhorst may also have collaborated with Frans Snyders for garland paintings. This genre was initially related to the visual images of the Counter-Reformation Movement and usually involved collaboration between a pictorial artist and a still-life artist. Since the late 1650s, Bockhorst's cooperation with other artists seems to have been suspended.