Ollie Sylvester, an artist of north-west London origin, born in 1972.
Initially inspired by Lego and then Marvel comics, he soon realized that his passion lay in expressing himself through art. Diagnosed with mild dyslexia in his early teens, Sylvester found himself at the back of his academic classes doodling in his school-books with a bic-biro.
By the mid-eighties, Sylvester was involved in London hip-hop culture. Armed with sketchbooks loaded with anti-heroes and paranoid robot illustrations, he transferred his offkey characters onto walls, acquiring a reputation as a figurative artist in the underground world of graffiti, Saker-TKS-MGM-DDS-PFB.
In 1988 he was introduced to the ‘acid house' scene, which came to play an important roll in the inspiration behind his paintings. At this time Sylvester traded spray-cans, the underground and walls for acrylics on canvas.
In 1994 Sylvester had an accident in which he almost severed his right arm, leaving him no choice but to teach him-self to paint with his left hand, which is when his straight lined cross-hatch style started to evolve.
works are hypothetical faces inspired from mood and emotion, set and setting. While his older works have darker, more constructed feel to them, his recent pieces take on a happier more chaotic design. Ollie, is a true artist, he is always finding new techniques and inspiration, but still holding on to his definite style. For example, he has splashed his works with Guinness, the dark drips causing rustic effects and adding to the overall dark beauty of his works.
Sylvester draws subject matter from the more dubious side of rave, the darker side of urban life, Pub culture, London, hang-overs and come-downs.