Every artist is influenced by their environment – and when the world around them involves being in hospitals late at night on their own, it can lead to exploring melancholy themes. This is clearly the case with part-time illustrator, part-time TV support technician George Wylesol - whose work feels like being inside a Douglas Coupland novel: probably Girlfriend In A Coma.
That novel was published 20 years ago – and George's work feels part of an older age of technology too. Push-button phones and CD-Rs feature, not iPhones. His simple vector linework is fuzzy and the block colours have grungy digital patterns within them – as if they've been printed on a cheap old inkjet printer that's running out of ink. The work draws on failures of commercial printing too - registration errors where coloured plates aren't aligned correctly and colours are out of place - which, when layered over with duotones, reminds you of the cheap comics of the past.
The resulting work is unashamedly crude, but reflecting a world that's equally vulgar. It's also a largely suburban world sparsely populated with people and things that don't quite connect with each other. And it's one where something is definitely going on - even his more asbtract pieces have a sense of a hidden narrative, just out of reach.
George lives in Baltimore, Maryland in the US – best known as where The Wire's based – so I caught up with him over email to find out more about him and his work.