Charles Uzzell-Edwards

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Charles Uzzell-Edwards[1] (born in South Wales[citation needed] in 1968)[2] is a graffiti artist known by the moniker "Pure Evil".[1] He is the son of Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards.[3][4]


Uzzell-Edwards has exhibited globally. In the early 1990s he was one of the designers for Anarchic Adjustment with Alan Brown and Nick Philip and released electronic ambient music on Pete Namlook's FAX label, recording "Octopus" 1, 2 & 3 and "Dada" (under the pseudonym Drum Machine Circle) solo, producing "A New Consciousness" and "Create" 1 & 2 with Pete Namlook, recording "Supergroup" with Thomas Bullock, and "Audio" with Tetsu Inoue and Daimon Beail. The Pure Evil Gallery is run by Uzzell-Edwards and located in Shoreditch, London.[1][5][6][7][8]

In 2011, Uzzell-Edwards created a special edition of prints to raise money for the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[9]

In the spring of 2016, Uzzell-Edwards served as artist-in-residence of the Quin Arts program at the Quin Hotel in New York City. His solo exhibit, curated by DK Johnston, channeled Andy Warhol, creating a body of work rooted in repetition art and showcasing his trademark eye drips in a series of hand-finished fine prints on paper and canvas.[10] The exhibit opened on April 21st and also incorporated a collection of written words by the artist in a video art installation directed by award-winning filmmaker Bill Mack.[11]

Solo shows[edit]

  • 2016
  • 2012
    • Pure Evil Deconstructed Nightmares (Pure Evil Gallery, London)
    • Pure Evil goes POP! (Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, USA)
  • 2011
    • Pure Evil Nightmares (La Cantine De Faubourg, Paris)
    • Pure Evil Nightmares (The Scarlett Gallery, Stockholm
    • Pure Evil (The Garage, Amsterdam)
    • Pure Evil (Cologne)
    • The Last Good Time (Pure Evil XOYO)[clarification needed]
    • Pure Evil Solo (Pure Evil Gallery)
  • 2010
    • Pure Evil (Paris)
    • Strange Girls (Pure Evil, London)
  • 2009
    • Pure Evil Gallery (London)
    • Dark Carnival (Choque Cultural, São Paulo)
    • SoloShow (Amsterdam)
  • 2008
    • SoloShow (Urban Uprising, Sydney)
    • Live East Die Young (Ink'd, Brighton)
    • Run! The Old World Is Behind You (ATM, Berlin)
    • SoloShow (Electrick Sheep, Newcastle)
  • 2007
    • SoloShow (FakeSpace, Beijing)
    • SoloShow (Pure Evil Gallery, London)
    • SoloShow (Truman's Brewery, London)

Group shows[edit]

  • 2014
  • 2012
    • Urban (Ibiza)
    • Unnatural Natural History (Royal West of England Academy, Bristol)
    • Bastard Children of Pop (London)
    • Group Show (Lebenson Gallery, Paris)
    • Pick Me Up (Somerset House, London)
    • Art Contemporain Urbain (Angers, France)
    • Quick Moves (Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany)
    • Stra-Da (Arthouse 59, Cyprus)
    • International Urban Art (Stade De France, Paris)
    • Pure Evil + (Crossie, Vienna)
  • 2011
    • Group Show (Lebenson Gallery, Paris)
    • Group Show (Print Club, London)
    • Street art (from the Victoria and Albert Museum touring exhibition)
    • Blisters Blackout (Print Club, London)
  • 2010
    • 3 exhibition (Lebenson Galleri, Paris)
    • London Calling (Moscow)
    • Paste Modernism 2 (Sydney)
    • Tiger Translate (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
    • Anti Design Festival[where?]
    • Wild Fantasies (Stolen Space Gallery, London)
    • Bhopal Medical Appeal (Phillips De Pury, London)
  • 2009
    • 1980 Mobil Box Foundation (Cartier, Paris)
    • A Shot in the Dark (Czech Republic)
    • Further Complications with Jarvis Cocker (London)
    • Go Get your Shinebox (Brooklynite, New York)
    • Secret Blisters (London)
  • 2008
    • Santa's Ghetto (London)
    • The Beautiful and the Canned (Brighton)
    • Cruel Britannia (Philadelphia)
    • Film Friends Forever (London)
    • Urban Myth (Culver City, CA)
    • Urban (Ibiza)
    • Mutate Britain (London)
    • International Arts (Belgium)
    • Cans Festival 1+2 (London)
    • Stella Dore Sebastian (Guinness Gallery, Dublin)
    • Not a Penny off the Pay (Bristol)
    • Alternativity (London)
  • 2007
    • Open Studio (London)
    • International Arts (Belgium)
  • 2006
    • Santa's Ghetto (London)
    • International Arts (Belgium)
  • 2005


  • 2009 Beautiful Losers ICA London
  • 2008 Collecting Street Art Tate Modern London
  • 2007 Street Art ICA London


  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Kevin (13 October 2011). "ArtMan: Start your art collection – Prints". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Artworks by Pure Evil at Pure Evil Gallery on artnet". Artnet. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "The world of Pure Evil, graffiti artist". The Daily Telegraph. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "John Uzzell Edwards: Artist whose fascination with the Welsh industrial landscape gave way to the". The Independent. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "12 things no one tells you before you become a street artist". The Daily Telegraph. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Urban, edgy, lucrative". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Nick Curtis (12 June 2014). "Graffiti artist Pure Evil: 'I've had 10-year-olds telling me Banksy". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "The great online art illusion: A cautionary tale". The Independent. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Reyburn, Scott (23 March 2011). "Jenson Button's Ferrari Boxer May Sell for $180,000: Art Buzz". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Eller, Matthew. "Pure Evil Interview & Opening at The Quin Hotel NYC". Street Art News. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Pure Evil at 'The Quin'". Very Nearly Almost. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Zimmer, Lori. "PURE EVIL DESCENDS ON THE QUIN". Art Nerd. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 

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