Pure Evil's proposal for the latest in Olympic logo design pulls no punches. The final ring has fallen from grace, in the form of a big, red pill, as a runner in stencilled monochrome sprints with super-human stamina. Olympic doping is the name of this game: athletes dosed up on performance enhancing drugs.
A wry comment on widespread sporting scandal, "New Logo for the Olympic Doping Team' is a brilliant silkscreen from one of the UK's most acclaimed contemporary street artists.
Size (cm): 72 x 72
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 200
Size (cm): 72 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.