Pure Evil (Charles Uzzell Edwards, born in 1968 in Southern Wales), the son of an artist, had studied fashion and graphic design in London before moving to California, where he soon entered the music scene and San Francisco’s street culture working as a designer and electronic music DJ. It was in that same city that he began to paint on the street, influenced by West Coast graffiti. He returned to the UK after 10 years, and began collaborating with Banksy’s group Santa’s Ghetto, and after the success of his first solo show in 2007 he opened the eponymous Pure Evil Gallery in London.
Through a grim iconography not entirely free of irony, the artist aims to explore the wicked and sinister sides of society, people, and life in general. His dark portraits of pop icons, or his emblematic fanged bunny rabbits, repeated in an almost ritualistic way as a result of a traumatic experience lived by the artist, reflect on the theme of good versus evil and on the destruction of dreams and utopias. In 2015, after a tragic event that changed the artist’s life forever and led him to embark on a spiritual journey in Asia, Pure Evil started two new series of works: the first, in which he incorporates themes, icons, and symbols of Asian origin, and the second, inspired by fairy tales and childhood stories, in which memories of a distant past intersect with the more vivid ones in the mind of the artist.
Pure Evil has exhibited in many galleries worldwide and participated in many group exhibitions and festivals alike. Some recent exhibitions include: ‘Sleepwalking Towards The Apocalypse’ at the VS Gallery Melbourne (Australia, 2018), ‘Pure Evil’ at Korsbarsgarden, Gotland (Sweden, 2018), ‘Steel Sharpens Steel’ Cindy Lisica Gallery Texas (USA, 2018) , ‘Murder and Love’ C.A.V.E. Gallery Venice California (USA, 2017) and ‘Dream Baby Dream’ at Above Second Gallery (Hong Kong, 2017).