Charles Uzzell-Edwards is a graffiti and street artist known better known as ‘Pure Evil’. His tag of a vampire bunny rabbit was borne from the artists feeling of remorse after he shot a rabbit in the countryside as a youth. Charley explains, “I’ve always regretted this terrible deed and the idea is that the rabbit is coming back to haunt me. The name Pure Evil is a license to have fun with dark imagery. It reflects the darkness that’s in the world right now. You can’t just ignore it and do a nice picture of a unicorn. Unless it’s a unicorn with a rocket launcher on its head.”
Pure Evil was born in South Wales and is the son of John Uzzell-Edwards. He studied fashion and graphics in London before moving to California in the early 90’s where he began his street art. After 10 years in California, heavily influenced by West Coast graffiti artists like TWIST and REMINISCE and skate art, he returned to London and began painting weird fanged Pure Evil bunny rabbits everywhere. “I started to miss London”, he explains, “It’s a dirty place, but it’s the dirt that helps things to grow.” Pure Evil fell in with the people behind Banksy’s Santas Ghetto and started producing dark new prints and artwork. In the past five years he has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, and all over Europe. He produces a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.