DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 70.9 x 70.9 inches (180 x 180 cm)
SIGNATURE: Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
MEDIUM: Hand knotted Indian rug
Pure Evil was born as Charles Uzzell Edwards in South Wales, in 1968. He grew up in an artistic household, with his father being an artist, demonstrating a range of influences from cubism to minimalism, from Matisse to Chagall. In the 1990’s Edwards went to San Francisco where he began working as a designer for a clothing label. It was here that he produced many a t-shirt design whilst of course, discovering Street art.
A chance email from a Chinese “copy village” gave impetus to “Nightmare Series.” The village offered, via email, a list of artists it could reproduce, including three Andy Warhol paintings. The idea of Warhol’s entire artistic output distilled right down to three small thumbnails of Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and an Electric Chair became the inspiration for these doomed and dripping celebrity portraits. The series is an alternative world of Warholesque celebrity – at once fizzing with surface colour but combined with an ever-present sense of darkness or doom.
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