You’ve probably already heard of or seen Lois O’Hara’s work. Lois is an Artist / Designer from Brighton, UK and she’s making her mark all over the city.
Her vibrant, diverse and creative practice takes in Mural Painting, Design & Art Direction, Printmaking and Moving Image. Her brand ethos has a consistent thread running through it. “I’m interested in capturing the fluidity of an image in motion,” says Lois, and it’s this sense of fluidity, combined with her bold colour combinations that makes her style so recognisable.
Lois’s artwork is influential and powerful. She is passionate about how colour can have positive effects on people and places. She recently designed and painted the UK’s 1st ever giant Basketball Art Court (picture below) but Brightonians are most likely to recognise her work on the seafront in the form of the beautiful, wavy rainbow near the West Pier. We’ve been lucky enough to get Lois to paint our roof terrace at The Projects and get her to come and do a talk on the 30th of January – find the ticket link here ‘Community, Colour and Public Art’. She was also kind enough to answer some of our questions so read on to find out a little bit more about Lois and her plans for the upcoming year.
Thanks for taking the time to chat to us, Lois! First of all, can you tell us how you got started as an Artist / Designer?
I have been drawing all my life and I studied Illustration at University for 3 years. I found myself drawing realistic waves and seascapes a lot of the time and slowly my style developed.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am passionate about capturing motion, time and movement. This stems from my love of the sea. I also have a very positive outlook on life which is why I use bright colours as I see colour as power.
Can you talk us through how you came up with the design for our roof terrace (which we are over the moon with, by the way – thank you)?
Of course! So, my intention for this project was to bring joy and warmth to the rooftop. It was important that I made sure the design was curvy, fluid and “wavey” as this is my brand ethos and what I am passionate about. I like to capture flow and movement in my work in a creative attempt to motivate others.
As for the colours, I chose pale green and grey to match The Projects decor / branding. I mixed these two shades with a pale but vibrant pink, hot orange and yellow. The dark grey adds sophistication to the design, whilst the pink adds a “youthful glow”. I like to use pink as I feel I am directing this to adults who do not want to grow up. I liked the contrast here between these two. As for the orange, I see this as the warmest colour and I wanted to only use it in some areas so that it kept its magic. I also think it went really well with the grey. Yellow is the colour of optimism so I included hints of this. Overall, I wanted the colour palette to be warm and uplifting, particularly for when it’s winter and people might feel less inspired.
We love that. We also love your moto, ‘colour is power’ – what does that saying mean to you?
I believe that by adding colour to any public space, you are encouraging social interaction. This is why I think colour is powerful. I see colour as such a positive thing and think that every building in the world should be a different colour.
What are you most excited about for 2019?
I am designing a Brighton & Hove bus in February and have a few other exciting projects in the pipeline, too. Stay tuned with updates on my socials (links below)! I’d also love to see you at my talk at The Projects on the 30th of Jan and will share a bit more about what I’m getting up to this year so don’t miss out, grab your ticket now!