Pure Evil (United Kingdom)

International Artist

Pure Evil (United Kingdom)

International Artist

Charles Uzzell-Edwards is a graffiti and street artist, better known by the cheeky moniker Pure Evil. His tag of a vampire bunny rabbit was born from the artist’s feeling of remorse after shooting a rabbit in the countryside as a youth. Charley confesses that “having Pure Evil as a nickname is a bit of a joke, but it’s a license to have fun with dark imagery. It reflects the darkness that’s in the world right now.”

Pure Evil was born in South Wales and studied fashion and graphics in London.  In the past five years he has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, and all over Europe. He produces a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.

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Biography

Charles Uzzell-Edwards is a graffiti and street artist, better known by the cheeky moniker Pure Evil. His tag of a vampire bunny rabbit was born from the artist’s feeling of remorse after shooting a rabbit in the countryside as a youth. Charley explains, “I’ve always regretted this terrible deed and the idea is that the rabbit is coming back to haunt me. The great thing is, you can do it in about five seconds. If you are running through the streets of Moscow at night you can just do a quick bunny on the side of a hoarding and run away.”

‘Having Pure Evil as a nickname is a bit of a joke,” Charley confesses, “but it’s a license to have fun with dark imagery. It reflects the darkness that’s in the world right now. You can’t just ignore it and do a nice picture of a unicorn. Unless it’s a unicorn with a rocket launcher on its head.”

Pure Evil was born in South Wales and studied fashion and graphics in London. After finishing he went to live in California to avoid the ruins of Thatcher’s Britain. In the early 90’s he was living on the West Coast and working as one of the designers for a clothing label called Anarchic Adjustment. He was producing screen-printed t-shirt graphics and became involved in the electronic music scene in San Francisco.

Pure Evil’s street art began in California, where he would paint DUMP BUSH on freeways and MURDERERS on gun stores. After 10 years in California, heavily influenced by West Coast graffiti artists like TWIST and REMINISCE and skate art, he returned to London and began painting weird fanged Pure Evil bunny rabbits everywhere. “I started to miss London” he explains, “It’s a dirty place, but it’s the dirt that helps things to grow.”

Pure Evil fell in with the people behind Banksy’s Santas Ghetto and started producing dark new prints and artwork. In the past five years he has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, and all over Europe. He produces a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.

In May 2012 Pure Evil appeared on the prime time BBC TV show The Apprentice, where he took part in an urban art task, this led to a huge increase in interest for his work.ᅠFor the duration of 2014 Pure Evil has embarked on ambitious project, 365 Street Art, where he painted, stenciled or pasted up something up in public everyday for a year.

Regularly posting photos on his Instagram, Pure Evil often leaves pieces of art as street drops for his loyal following to search for in a game of interactive hide and seek.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2015 The Temple of Broken Hearts, LondoNewcastle Project Space UK
2015 Handfinished, The Department Store UK
2015 Basically Disneyland, C.A.V.E Gallery, Venice Beach USA
2015 Pure Evil Goes Pop!, Elizabeth Weinstock, Los Angeles USA
2014 The Nightmare Series, Galleri Fold, Reykjavik ICELAND
2014 The Nightmare Series, The Saatchi Gallery USA
2013 Pure Evil, Double Exposure Culture Gallery, Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA
2013 Pure Evil Nightmare, The Hoxton, London,  UK
2012 Pure Evil Deconstructed Nightmares, Pure Evil Gallery, London UK
2012 Pure Evil Goes Pop!, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City USA
2011 Pure Evil Nightmares, La Cantine De Faubourg, Paris FRANCE
2011 Pure Evil Nightmares, The Scarlett Gallery, Stockholm SWEDEN
2011 Pure Evil, The Garage, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2011 Pure Evil, Abel And Baker Gallery, Cologne GERMANY
2011 The Last Good Time, Pure Evil Gallery, London UK
2011 Pure Evil, Pure Evil Gallery, London UK
2010 Strange Girls, Pure Evil Gallery, London UK
2009 Pure Evil Gallery, London UK
2009 Solo Show, Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
2009 Dark Carnival, Choque Cultural, Sao Paulo BRASIL
2008 Urban Uprising, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2008 Live East Die Young, Ink’d, Brighton UK
2008 Run! The Old World Is Behind YOU, ATM, Berlin GERMANY
2008 Solo Show, Electrick Sheep, Newcastle UK
2007 Solo Show, Fake Space, Beijing CHINA
2007 Solo Show, Pure Evil Gallery, London UK
2007 Solo Show, Truman Brewery, London UK
2006 55 Gallery, NYC, New York USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Masters Of Street Art, Magda Danysz, London UK
2015 Urban Art, Woolff Gallery, London UK
2015 Urban Pott, 44309 Street Art Gallery, Dortmund GERMANY
2015 New Artworks, Brugier Rigail, Paris FRANCE
2015 New Artworks, The Saatchi Gallery UK
2014 London Art Fair, Ink’d Gallery UK
2014 Almost (un)framed, Faber, Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA
2014 Urban Hacking, Avenue Des Arts HONG KONG
2014 Affordable Art Fair, NYC USA
2013 C.A.V.E Gallery, Venice Beach, CA USA
2013 Trailblazers, Above Second HONG KONG
2012 Unnatural Natural History, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol UK
2012 Bastard Children of Pop London UK
2012 Group Show, Lebenson Gallery, Paris FRANCE
2012 Pick Me Up, Somerset House, London UK
2012 Art Contemporain, Urbain AngersFRNACE
2012 Quick Moves, Mannheimer, Kunstverein GERMANY
2012 Stra-Da, Arthouse 59 CYPRUS
2012 International Urban Art Stade De France, Paris FRANCE
2011 Group Show, Lebenson Gallery, Paris FRANCE
2010 London Calling, Moscow RUSSIA
2010 Paste Modernism 2, Sydney AUSTRALIA
2010 Tiger Translate, Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA
2010 Anti Design Festival
2010 Wild Fantasies, Stolen Space Gallery, London UK
2009 A Shot In The Dark CZECH REPUBLIC
2009 Further Complication with Jarvis Cocker, London UK
2009 Go Get Your Shinebox Brooklynite, New York USA
2009 The Beautiful And The Canned, Brighton UK
2009 Cruel Britannia, Philadelphia USA
2009 Urban Myth, Culver City, CA USA
2008 Film Friends Forever, London UK
2008 Stella Dore Sebatian Guiness Gallery, Dublin IRELAND
2008 Not A Penny Off The Pay, Bristol UK

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