Pure Evil, a.k.a. Charles Uzzell-Edwards, is one of the most prominent names in the street art scene. Approaching popular and political subjects with a Warhol-esque Pop style and graffiti, the artist highlights the rebelliousness of the medium in a critical and satirical undertone.
Most well-known for his Nightmare Series, the brilliant colour depiction of famous celebrities with tears dripping down their faces are reminiscent of the American Pop while highlighting the sorrow absurdity of the past. The controversial figures in his works are the artist’s direct confrontation with politics and call for unjust prudence around the world. Working in his belief in “Principle before Profit,” Pure Evil is one of the most daring street artists who defy the rules in the art world and beyond.
He was born in South Wales and was, by his own account, the only new romantic in the village. This love of urban street style led him to do a fashion degree in London, which also marked the start of his creative journey. Uzzell-Edwards then relocated to San Francisco and worked as a fashion designer for streetwear brand Anarchic Adjustment. In 2007, the artist opened Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch, London. The gallery has been an incubator for emerging street artists from around the world and the studio for his artworks. Besides visual art, Pure Evil has also been involved in various music projects, most notably, a collaboration with famed electronic music producer and composer Pete Namlook. The artist now lives and works in London.