While Pure Evil has stated that his moniker is a "bit of a joke', he has never shied away from the dark subject matter that the name allows him to explore, and this piece is a prime example of him probing those darker corners of society.
In Live East Die Young, Pure Evil draws attention to East London's Murder Mile, a stretch of road in Hackney given this nickname due to the high number of murders committed in the area.
By including a nod to the saying "Live Fast Die Young' and utilising a letter type press print, reminiscent of a poster likely to be found in the Wild West, Pure Evil comments on the senseless deaths of young people in the same London Borough as his gallery is located.
This print has deckled edges. It is from a limited edition of 50, signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 56 x 72
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Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 50
Size (cm): 56 x 72
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About the artist
Charles Uzzell Edwards adopted his dramatic moniker, Pure Evil, after shooting a rabbit when he was ten years old and feeling overcome with guilt. Macabre and hyperbolic, Uzzell’s nickname has informed his aesthetic ever since, from his early graffiti-tag bunnies to his tragic celebrity iconography, always using his art to reflect the darkness of the contemporary world.
Heavily influenced by the Pop Art movement, Pure Evil is known for his Nightmare Series: doomed female icons, from Marilyn Monroe to Sharon Tate, are portrayed in Pop print colours, while a single, heavy tear (the artist’s trademark symbol) drips down their fated faces. A comment on the ills of celebrity culture, and the brutal realities of fandom and adulation, the instantly recognisable Nightmare Series has earned Pure Evil a well-deserved following in both Street and Contemporary Art circles.