John O'Hara's 'Square Dance' Series
John O’Hara’s Square Dance series, inspired by Josef Alber’s extensive Homage to the Square series, focuses on the simplifications of shape and the relationship of color. Where Albers mostly used oil paint, O’Hara’s encaustic wax greatly influences the final piece and the process, which is quite unique.
O’Hara creates his Square Dance series by first laying on a ¼ inch of wax onto his specially made boards. O’Hara heats the wax to cure the paint to the board. To achieve the sharp lines of each square, four boards are painted their carefully chosen color. O’Hara then bolts each board together into the larger square. The series is simple, powerful, and direct, above all else, quite enjoyable to look at hanging on a wall.