Lois O’Hara is a Brighton-based artist and designer whose work is making waves across exercise and retail spaces
Words by Sophie Tolhurst
Lois O’Hara is a Brighton-based artist and designer, working between the parameters of mural painting, illustration, design and art direction. Her signature aesthetic uses wavy shapes and patterns in bold colour combinations, and she has applied this to products big and small, from water bottles to buses, exercise studio interiors to window displays. She has partnered with a number of local and international brands already, including Habitat, Sure, Evermade, Shaw Contract, Patterns, and Brighton & Hove Council.
Working mainly in public spaces, O’Hara is interested in the positive effects colour can have on people and place. Explaining the fluid undulating forms of her work, she comments: ‘I’m interested in capturing the fluidity of an image in motion.’ Aptly, her work can often be found in exercise venues – she has now transformed a number of sports courts from Brighton to Australia, and is part of a new collaboration with gym Frame.
For her collaboration with Frame gym, O’Hara has created a colourful and vibrant mural for one of the yoga studios. As she explains: ‘Whilst high-intensity workouts take place in the studio, there are also yoga and pilates classes that situate in there, so the challenge was to create an energetic but also relaxing atmosphere.’ The fluid shapes work for both scenarios – enlivening yet calming.
Working with Habitat in Brighton, O’Hara created a large-scale window and floor display to celebrate the town’s annual Pride march. Working her signature forms in Pride’s rainbow colours, she explains that ‘the design captures the movement of passers-by during the celebration’. She adds that she is passionate about ‘using vibrant colours to promote positivity’ – enhancing the celebratory mood to be found during Pride.
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3. Basketball court transformation in Perth, Australia:
This basketball court in Perth, Australia, is just one of a number of courts O’Hara has transformed in recent years. The design hopes to capture the movement of the players, their energy and activity translated into bright colours and fluid shapes. The bright colours are meant to boost the social and endorphinboosting effect of sporting activity, as well as drawing in passers-by.