John O'Hara

John O'Hara, artist, in his Saint Louis studio.
We are proud to be the exclusive gallery of John O'Hara (American, b. 1963). O'Hara is a self-taught artist from St. Louis and is known for his large-scale abstract decorative pieces. His medium of choice is encaustic—a mixture of pigments and beeswax and he allows the material to dictate color, line and texture. His works often feature natural and organic forms and incorporate both figural and abstract elements. O'Hara began is art career in 2018 and collectors and designers quickly took notice. His work is included in both public and private collections around the world. Michael Kors selected O'Hara's Tar series paintings for his Milan, Paris, and New York showorooms and his flagship store in London designed by Pamela Meech. O'Hara's Brands on Yellow is hanging in the lounge of Maison de Luz, the new luxury hotel by Atelier Ace and designed by AD100 design firm Studio Shamshiri. O'Hara, co-founder of Forsyth, is known for his Tar series, Brands series, Vinyl series, Sardinia series, Daisies series, Botanical series, Square Dance series, and Get Your Shit Together series.

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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.

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