Pure Evil

Born Charles Uzzell Edwards, Welsh artist Pure Evil’s Warhol-esque pop icon portraits erupt off the picture plane- and onto the gallery floor. Inspired by California skate culture, graffiti and graphic design, Edwards’ makes bold portraits for the gallery, and fang-toothed bunnies on the streets. On the surface, his lurid portraits exude Pop, bu...

Born Charles Uzzell Edwards, Welsh artist Pure Evil’s Warhol-esque pop icon portraits erupt off the picture plane- and onto the gallery floor. Inspired by California skate culture, graffiti and graphic design, Edwards’ makes bold portraits for the gallery, and fang-toothed bunnies on the streets. On the surface, his lurid portraits exude Pop, but the artist betrays his graphic lines with intentional drips that elude to darker issues and imperfections below the surface.

The son of Welsh Expressionist painter John Uzzell Edwards, Edwards himself is a multitalented creative, with extensive experience in clothing design, graphic design, electronic music, graffiti and fine art. He also teeters between both sides of the art world, as Pure Evil the artist, as well as owner of a gallery of the same name, dedicating his days to the livelihoods of other artists.

In his own paintings and screen prints, Edwards’ focus is on icons from pop culture, politics and art history. Many of these recognizable faces, from Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Kennedy, represent a double-edged sword of American ideal and tragedy. Thick contrasting drips flow from their eyes like tears, obliterating the painting’s dimensionality by extending over its frame, down the wall, and ending in a colorful puddle on the gallery floor. Edwards’ installation of his work has become as iconic as the Pop icons themselves.

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