Charles Uzzell-Edwards is a British graffiti artist, known as Pure Evil, who is a friend of Banksy. He is also the son of the Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards. He was born in South Wales, where he grew up in a world of art thanks to his father. The father’s artwork impressed the son without a doubt and showed a series of influences from Cubism to Minimalism, from Matisse to Chagall.
The physical and cultural landscape of 1990′s USA fascinated and enticed the young Pure Evil. He completed his studies in graphics and fashion and set off for the West Coast of California. Charles established himself in San Francisco and worked as a designer for the Anarchic Adjustment label. He produced numerous t-shirt graphics for screen printing. He visited the West Coast party scene and dropped many psychedelics. Pure Evil was also involved in the musical scene of San Francisco and worked as an electronic recording artist for Peter Namlock’s ambient music label FAX (based in Frankfurt, Germany).
Pure Evil’s art is strongly inspired by skate culture and West Coast graffiti artists. As an artist, Pure Evil’s enthusiasm for street art grew when he returned to London after a 10 year stay in California. With strange rabbits painted everywhere and at all times, his passion for urban art led him to pick up a spray can. By developing a truly unique style of painting, his simple vision of the dark side helped create his new works. Pure Evil joined the people behind Banksy’s Christmas ghetto and began producing new dark prints and artwork.
Over the past five years he has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Brazil, the USA and throughout Europe. In 2012, Pure Evil was featured on the BBC TV show The Apprentice. He took part in an urban art project, which led to an huge rise in interest in his work. His art has shifted from the walls to a breathtaking selection of limited edition prints. Many of these are iconic images of which he has evilised, such as ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Bastards’. All these prints by Pure Evil artists are available for purchase.
He opened the Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch, East London, in 2007 and lives in Hackney.