Pure Evil, Charles Uzzell-Edwards – 1968, South Wales
To understand a bit about pure evil it is illuminating to know that he is a descendant of Sir Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work Utopia and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII. With this busy background (Sir Thomas was later canonized) it is only natural that pure evil should explore the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end.
In 1990 pure evil left the ruins of Thatcher’s Britain for a new life on the West Coast, California USA and became a designer for influential streetwear clothing label ANARCHIC ADJUSTMENT, producing clothes and screenprinting t-shirt graphics and becoming involved in the electronic music scene in San Francisco, eventually ending up a recording artist for ambient record label FAX based in Frankfurt, Germany.
After 10 years in Califoernia, influenced heavily by West Coast Graffiti artists like twist and reminesce he returned to London, picked up a spray can and started painting weird fanged PURE EVIL bunny rabbits everywhere. Pure evil fell in with the people behind Banksy’s santas ghetto and started producing prints for pictures on wall. He was refused antry back into the USA, and subsequently started plotting and producing dark new prints and artwork in a tiny shed in the Black Mountains of Wales. He moved back to London, debuted his first pure evil solo show and from the success of that, opened up his eponymous pure evil gallery in a Dickensian old shop and basement in Shoreditch in the East End of London in 2007.
As an artist in the past 15 years pure evil exhibited worldwide in China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, Chile and all over Europe, and as an Accidental Gallerist he has produced over 50 different exhibitions with emerging and established artists at the Gallery and internationally. He produced a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.
Pure evil ‘s ancestry is allerged to include eight saints: Vladimir the Great, Saint Anna of Russia, the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb,, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Margaret of Scotland and Saint Mathilde together with Saint Thomas More, Humbert III of Savoy and several European Royal Families. He is also a descendent of the Old English Chieftan Ailric, Kings Thane to Edward the Confessor, who held Cawthorne and much of South Yorkshire before the Conquest.
2015: the temple of broken hearts, LondoNewcastle Project space; handfinished, The Department Store, UK; basically disneyland, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice Beach; pure evil goes pop!, Elizabeth Weinstock, Los Angeles.
2014: the nightmare series, Gallery Fold Reykjavik, Iceland; the nightmare series, The Saatchi Gallery, London.
2013: pure evil double exposure, Culture Gallery, Cape Town; pure evil nightmare, The Hoxton, London.
2012: pure evil deconstructed nightmares, Pure Evil Gallery, London; pure evil goes pop!, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City.
2011: pure evil nightmares, Le Cantine de Faubourg, Paris; pure evil nightmares , The Scarlett Gallery, Stockholm; pure evil, The Garage, Amsterdam; pure evil, Abel and Baker Gallery, Cologne; the last good time pure evil, XOYO, London; pure evil solo, Pure Evil Gallery, London.
2010: pure evil, Paris; strange girls, Pure Evil, London.
2009: Pure Evil Gallery, London; dark carnival, Choque Cultural, Sao Paulo; solo show, Amsterdam.
2008: solo show,Urban Uprising, Sydney; live east die young, Ink’d, Brighton; run! the old world is behind you, ATM, Berlin; Solo Show, Electric Sheep, Newcastle.
2007: Solo Show, Pure Evil Gallery, London, Solo Show, Truman Brewery, London.
2006: 55 gallery, New York City.
2015: masters of street art, Magda Danysz, London; urban art, Wolf Gallery, London; urban pott, 44309 Street Art Gallery, Dortmund; new artworks, Brugier Rigail, Paris; new artworks, Saatchi Gallery, London.
2014: london art fair, Ink’d Gallery, London; almost (un)framed, Faber, Cape Town; Edition Limitée Sergeant Paper; urban hacking, Avenue Des Arts, Hong Kong; Affordable Art Fair, New York City.
2013: C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice California; trailblazers, Above Second, Hong Kong.
2012: urban, Ibiza; unnatural, Natural History Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; bastard children of pop, London; group show, Lebenson Gallery, Paris; pick me up, Somerset House, London; art contemporain, Urban Angers, France; quick moves, Kunstverein, Mannheim; Stra-Da, Arthouse, Cyprus; International Urban Art Stade De France, Paris; pure evil, +Crossie, Vienna.
2011: group show, Lebenson Gallery, Paris; somerset house, Print Club, London; street art, Museum Touring Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; blistres blackout, Print Club, London.
2010: 3 exhibition, Leberson Gallery, Paris; london calling, Moscow; paste modernism 2, Sidney; tiger translate, Ulaanbaatar; Anti Design Festival, London; wild fantasies, Stolen Space Gallery, London; bhopal medical appeal, Phillips De Pury, London.
2009: 1980 mobil box, Foundation Cartier, Paris; a shot in the dark, Czech Republic; further complications, with Javis Cocker, London; go get your shinebox, Brooklynite Gallery, New York; secret blisters, London; santas ghetto, London; the beautiful and the cannet, Brighton; cruel britannia, Philadelphia; film friends forever, London; urban myth, Culver City; urban, Ibiza.
2008: mutate britain, London; International Arts Belgium; cans festival 1+2, London; stella dore sebastian, Guinnes Gallery, Dublin; not a penny off the pay, Bristol; alternativity, London.
2007: Open Studio, London; International Arts Belgium.
2006: santas ghetto, London; International Arts Belgium.
2005: difusor, Barcelona; Paris Stencil Project.