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MURDER + LOVE – New Works by PURE EVIL
Pure Evil was born in the form of Charles Uzzell Edwards in South Wales in 1968. He grew up in a world of art thanks to his father, Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards. His father’s artwork inspired his own creative pursuits, demonstrated in a range of influences from Cubism to Minimalism, from Picasso to Chagall.
The physical and cultural landscape of the 1990’s U.S. intrigued and beckoned the young Pure Evil. Upon completing his studies in graphics and fashion in London, Pure Evil set off for California’s West Coast. He successfully established himself in San Francisco, working for the Anarchic Adjustment clothing label as a clothing designer / pattern cutter / graphic designer. He produced countless t-shirt graphics for screen printing, dropped in on the West Coast rave scene, and traveled to Japan where West Coast Streetwear was a hot item. Pure Evil also became involved in the musical fabric of San Francisco and recorded as an electronic recording artist for Pete Namlook’s ambient electronic music label, FAX (based in Frankfurt, Germany).
Street art of course proved to be Pure Evil’s most important artistic discovery during those 10 years. Inspired by the initial influence of Twist and Reminisce, with a dose of skate culture thrown in, Pure Evil graced freeways with “Dump Bush” slogans and tagged gun stores as “Murderers.” But there was one image he couldn’t fulfill with graffiti or sketches – he felt the pull of “Dirty London.”
Pure Evil returned to his homeland on the cusp of the new millennium. It was no coincidence that around this time, fang-sporting bunnies began appearing on the streets of “The Smoke.” The artist explained several years later in a BBC Blast interview that the bad bunny showed up one day in his sketchbook. The image came from a hare that he had killed with a shotgun in his youth and it had returned to haunt him for his past sins. The label “Pure Evil” went bag and baggage with the symbol, and the artist adopted the new name.
Pure Evil always considered the moniker a bit over the top, and it has long since evolved into something of a joke for the artist. It does, however, justify his artistic excursions into the darker side of people and their social ills, a worldview that stems from his Catholic upbringing and is dominated by the theme good versus evil.
The symbol proliferated, as rabbits often do, and so did Pure Evil. The artist began an association with the people involved in Bansky’s “Santa’s Ghetto,” and he started creating prints for Pictures on Walls. When the U.S. denied Pure Evil’s application for re-entry it was a ‘Deus ex Machina’ (Gods Machine) moment for him, where his life changed direction in a completely unplanned way. The artist set up shop in a small shed in the Black Mountains of Wales. After a productive period of isolation and soul searching he moved back to London and prepared for his first Pure Evil exhibition in 2006. The success of those shows enabled him to open the Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch in London’s East End in late 2007, and the Department Store Gallery opened 2 doors down in 2014.
Today, Pure Evil enjoys the success of a street artist as global brand. The artistic integrity remains just as much in evidence as his commercial good fortune. The reputation of The Pure Evil Gallery has grown remarkably, due to its support of independent artists. The Pure Evil music studio sends its output to a website for free downloading. He found time to appear on the BBC version of “The Apprentice” during its 2012 season, all the while maintaining a monthly radio program, leading workshops and presenting lectures. And then there’s always artwork to produce.
REHAB’S FOR QUITTERS – New Works by 2SHAE
When Christian “2SHAE” says “Art saved my life” – he means it. Born into a world of drugs and addiction, 2SHAE was blessed with an incredibly gifted artistic talent that has provided the backbone of his journey through life.
2SHAE was born in West Los Angeles California in 1977. Both of his parents were drug addicts, addicted to heroin, as well as prescription pills and were unable to take care of him as a child. He was bounced back-and-forth between grandmothers who raised him and who he credits for teaching him the essential principles to prepare him for life.
At a young age, 2SHAE’s art talent was noticed by his teachers and he was accepted into a magnet school for the arts where he thrived. He loved to be able to express himself through artwork. He quickly realized that his creative talent was what set him apart from everybody else – so throughout his life he has appreciated and committed to developing his creative skills.
After attending Laguna College of Art and Design from 2002 to 2004, 2SHAE worked as the lead artist at West Coast Customs for almost 8 years. In 2012, he set out on his own to concentrate on his personal artwork. 2SHAE’s characteristic style of dynamic patterns and compositions and bold gestures give the work an alluring energy. With focus, dedication and talent, 2SHAE’s art career is on a rapid upward spiral. He is now able to pursue his personal artwork full time and recently finished up an art residency at The Seventh Letter.
For this much anticipated solo exhibition – titled “Rehab’s for Quitters” – 2SHAE has created a powerful series of 13 unique pieces that revolve around the crisis of drug addiction and how pills have destroyed the lives of even the most celebrated individuals – including athletes, celebrities, musicians, actors, millionaires – it does not matter who you are.
In each piece the brightly colored, enticing and seemingly playful “Pill Head” – characteristic in much of the 2SHAE’s work – is represented consuming some of the most talented individuals of our generation. The Pill Head character represents the drug addict and the evil energy pushing and taking from each individual during his or hers time they are using.
The work is not intended to glorify or be insensitive to addiction – but rather is a commentary on how these alluring, candy colored “Pill Heads” are quick to jump on board and turn into a deadly monkey on your back. In no way is the artist’s intent to make light of addiction or be unsympathetic to the individuals portrayed in the work. This series of work is very personal to the artist and is a way of expressing his own perspective on addiction – having been a former drug addict and who has now been sober for five years but struggles with addiction every day.
The exhibition will also include a series of custom velour “Pill”-lows made by the artist resembling prescription pills such as Xanax, Valium, OxyContin that have become too common place in our society. Also available will be pins, sweaters, T-shirts, hats and other items that are connected to the Pill Head character.
Christian “2SHAE” lives in Redondo Beach California with his beautiful wife Nancy and his son Christian Junior – and states that he couldn’t be in a better place in his life right now. This all because of art – “Art saved his life” – and he is grateful for this.