Pure Evil – South Wales, 1968
Charles Uzzell-Edwards aka Pure Evil studied fashion and graphics in London, and later moved to California where he entered the music scene and street culture in San Francisco working as a designer and electronic music dj. In this city he began to paint in the streets, influenced by the graffiti of the west coast. Returning to the UK after ten years, he began collaborating with the Banksy’s Golden Ghetto group and after the great success of his first solo show in 2007, he opened the eponymous Pure Evil Gallery in London. The first stage of his artistic production aims at exploring the wicked and sinister sides of society and life, through an empty iconography of no irony.
Emblematic are his portraits of pop icons in “dark” version, or his bunnies with fangs. In 2015, after the tragic loss of her daughter, he undertook a spiritual journey in Asia, leading him to conceive art as therapy. The artist survives this agonizing pain thanks to his art acquiring new life: the color range becomes vibrant and lively in memory of his daughter.
Pure Evil’s art is heavily inspired by skate culture and graffiti artists from the west coast. As an artist Pure Evil’s enthusiasm for street art grew as he returned to London after a 10 year stay in California. His passion for urban art led him to picking up a spray can and started out by painting strange fanged bunny rabbits anywhere and everywhere. By developing a true unique style of painting, his simple vision of the dark side aided the creation of his new works.
It wasn’t long before BBC TV show The Apprentice came calling (in May 2012), and he featured in a task about street art and on the back of the TV show the interest for his work grew at astonishing rate, especially on the nightmare series. The nightmare series just grows from Icon to Icon, with Pure Evil showing round the world in LA, NYC, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Europe his appeal is universal.