Pure Evil

Charles Uzzell-Edwards is a graffiti and street artist known better known by the cheeky moniker ムPure Evilメ. His tag of a vampire bunny rabbit was bore from the artists feeling of remorse after shoot a rabbit in the countryside as a youth. Charley explains, モIメve always regretted this terrible deed and the idea is that the rabbit is coming back to haunt meヤ. He also explains the economy is such a beautifully symbol, モ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ヤ.He is also the son of the late Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards. モHaving Pure Evil as a nickname is a bit of a joke,ヤ Charley confesses,ヤbut itメs a license to have fun with dark imagery. It reflects the darkness thatメs in the world right now. You canメt just ignore it and do a nice picture of a unicorn. Unless itメs a unicorn with a rocket launcher on its head.ヤ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メs Britain. In the early 90メs he was living on the West Coast and working as one of the designers for a clothing label called Anarchic Adjustment with Alan Brown and Nick Philip. He was producing screen-printed t-shirt graphics and became involved in the electronic music scene in San Francisco. As a result he attended many raves and ingested a lot of weapon grade Psychadelics.ᅠPure Evilメs street art began in California, where he would paint ムDUMP BUSHメ on freeways and ムMURDERERSメ 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. モI started to miss Londonヤ, he explains, モItメs a dirty places, but itメs the dirt that helps things to grow.ヤPure Evil fell in with the people behind Banksyメ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, promising himself he would paint, stencil or paste something up in public everyday for a year. Wherever he is, whatever the circumstances. Regularly posting photos on his Instagram, Pure Evil often leaves pieces of art as ムstreet dropsメ for his loyal following to search for in a game of interactive hide and seek. Read our editorial featuring Pure Evil:Street Artists Pure Evil andBorondo Share a Shoreditch Wall. Pure Evil Live Painting Putinメs Nightmare. Pure Evil Features in The Telegraph andon Ch 4メs Four Rooms. Drawn Together: Artists in Love The Apprentice: Youメre Fired features artrepublicメs Lawrence Alkin
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