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Charles Uzzell-Edwards (b. 1968) was born in South Wales, the son of Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards. He is a graffiti artist known by the moniker Pure Evil, and a stablemate of Banksy.
In the 1990s the young Pure Evil was attracted by the cultural landscape of the United States. After completing his studies in graphics and fashion in London he established himself in San Francisco, working as a designer for the Anarchic Adjustment clothing label. After ten years in California, and inspired by the skate culture and graffiti artists of the west coast, he returned to London. His own involvement in street and urban art began with his sprayed images of strange vampire rabbits, a response to the remorse he felt at having shot a rabbit in the countryside as a youth. He now developed his own unique style, creating a simple vision of the dark side of life. It was perhaps inevitable that Pure Evil was interested in such things, being a descendant of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), the Lord Chancellor who was beheaded by King Henry VIII.
In recent years Pure Evil has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, and throughout Europe. In 2012 he appeared on the BBC TV show The Apprentice, where his participation in an urban art task led to a huge increase in interest for his work. His art has moved off the walls, resulting in a range of limited edition prints, many of which are familiar images which he has ‘Evilised’, such as Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Bastards.
- Richard Wolfe