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Pure Evil

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To understand a bit about Pure Evil it is illuminating to know that he is a descendant of Sir Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work Utopia and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII. With this busy background (Sir Thomas was later canonised) it is only natural that Pure Evil should explore the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end.

In 1990 Pure Evil left the ruins of Thatcher’s Britain for a new life on the West Coast , California USA and became a designer for influential streetwear clothing label ANARCHIC ADJUSTMENT, producing clothes and screenprinting t-shirt graphics and becoming involved in the electronic music scene in San Francisco, eventually ending up a recording artist for ambient record label FAX based in Frankfurt, Germany.

After 10 years in California , influenced heavily by West Coast Graffiti artists like TWIST and REMINISCE he returned to London , picked up a spray can and started painting weird fanged PURE EVIL bunny rabbits everywhere. Pure Evil fell in with the people behind Banksy’s SANTAS GHETTO and started producing prints for PICTURES ON WALLS. He was refused entry back into the USA, and subsequently started plotting and producing dark new prints and artwork in a tiny shed in the Black Mountains of Wales. He moved back to London, debuted his first PURE EVIL SOLO SHOW and from the success of that, opened up his eponymous PURE EVIL GALLERY in a Dickensian old shop and basement in Shoreditch in the East End of London in 2007.

As an artist in the past 5 years PURE EVIL has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA and all over Europe, and as an ‘Accidental Gallerist’ He has produced over 50 different exhibitions with emerging and established artists at the Gallery and Inernationally. He produces a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.

Pure Evils ancestry is alleged to include eight saints: Vladimir the Great, Saint Anna of Russia, the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Margaret of Scotland and Saint Mathilde together with Saint Thomas More, Humbert III of Savoy and several European Royal Families. He is also a descendant of the Old English Chieftain Ailric, Kings Thane to Edward the Confessor, who held Cawthorne and much of South Yorkshire before the Conquest.

Solo Shows:

2012 Pure Evil Deconstructed Nightmares Pure Evil Gallery London
2012 Pure Evil goes POP!  Corey Helford Gallery Culver City USA
2011 Pure Evil Nightmares La Cantine De Faubourg Paris
2011 Pure Evil Nightmares The Scarlett Gallery Stockholm
2011 Pure Evil The Garage Amsterdam
2011 Pure Evil Abel and Baker Gallery Cologne
2011 The Last Good Time Pure Evil XOYO
2011 Pure Evil Solo Pure Evil Gallery
2010 Pure Evil Paris
2010 Strange Girls Pure Evil London
2009 Pure Evil Gallery London
2009 Dark Carnival Choque Cultural Sao Paulo
2009 SoloShow Amsterdam
2008 SoloShow Urban Uprising Sydney
2008 Live East Die Young Ink’d Brighton
2008 Run! The Old World Is Behind You ATM Berlin
2008 SoloShow Electrick Sheep Newcastle
2007 SoloShow FakeSpace Beijing
2007 SoloShow Pure Evil Gallery London
2007 SoloShow Truman Brewery London
2006 55 gallery NYC

Group Shows

2012 Urban in Ibiza
2012 Unnnatural Natural History Royal West of England Academy Bristol
2012 Bastard Children of Pop London
2012 Group Show Lebenson Gallery Paris
2012 Pick Me Up Somerset House London
2012 Art Contemporain Urbain Angers France
2012 Quick Moves Mannheimer Kunstverein Germany
2012 Stra-Da Arthouse 59 Cyprus
2012 International Urban Art Stade De France Paris
2012 Pure Evil + Crossie Viennna
2011 Group Show Lebenson Gallery Paris
2011 Somerset House PrintClubLondon
2011 Street art from the Victoria and Albert museum touring exhibition
2011 Blisters Blackout PrintClubLondon
2010 3 exhibition Lebenson Gallery Paris
2010 London Calling Moscow
2010 Paste Modernism 2 Sydney
2010 Tiger Translate Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
2010 Anti Design Festival
2010 Wild Fantasies Stolen Space Gallery London
2010 Bhopal Medical Appeal Phillips De Pury London
2009 1980 Mobil Box Fondation Cartier Paris
2009 A Shot in the Dark Czech Republic
2009 Further Complications with Jarvis Cocker London
2009 Go Get your Shinebox Brooklynite New York
2009 Secret Bllisters London
2008 Santas Ghetto London
2009 The Beautiful and the Canned Brighton
2009 Cruel Britannia Philadelphia
2008 Film Friends Forever London
2009 Urban Myth Culver City CA
2009 Urban in Ibiza
2008 Mutate Britain London
2008 International Arts Belgium
2008 Cans Festival 1+2 London
2008 Stella Dore Sebatian Guinness Gallery Dublin
2008 Not a Penny off the Pay Bristol
2008 Alternativity London
2007 Open Studio London
2007 International Arts Belgium
2006 Santas Ghetto London
2006 International Arts Belgium
2005 Difusor Barcelona
2005 Paris Stencil Project

2009 Beautiful Losers ICA London
2008 Collecting Street Art Tate Modern London
2007 Street Art ICA London

Exhibitions at Pure Evil Gallery
2012 Everythings going to be ok Tim Head
2012 Metamorphosis Crossie
2012 Can Man My Dog Sighs
2012 Saatchi Gallery magazine launch art and music
2012 Dj Food + Henry Flint The Search Engine
2012 Sugar Rush Young Artists at Pure Evil Gallery
2011 Birth of the Namahage Grady Gordon
2011 Cement Eclipses Isaac Cordal
2011 MadABC MadC
2011 Y’OH / Kids of Grime exhibition
2011 The friends of Tony Romanoff Lucas Price
2011 Shunga Pop FLIP
2011 Marina Fages
2010 Roa Solo
2010 Antonio Breves : art from rio
2010 3 exhibition at Londonewcastle Project Space
2010 From the ground up PANIK
2010 New Paintings ROBBO
2010 NYCHOS at Pure Evil Gallery
2010 Buenos Aires Calling
2010 Culture Shock Choque Cultural
2010 Specter Solo Show
2010 Poster Boy
2010 Remed Solo
2010 Busk Bleach Zadok
2010 The Fantastic 4 Remed Grems Zbiok 3TTman
2010 Fundraiser for Bhopal
2010 Vilchez Solo
2009 Words up ! Dscreet
2009 April fools South Kensington
2009 A Forca da Rua for ABC Trust
2009 Dran Bom-K Jaw Heng
2009 Dran booklaunch
2009 Metamorphosis a solo-show by Gustavo Ortiz
2009 Shannon Crees , Beatrice Brown E.C. Woodard
2009 Prophet or Profit Remi Rough , Part2 , Juice , System
2009 Graffiti Argentina
2008 Mymo Solo
2008 Ged Wells
2008 Happy Monsters Assault Gola Ovni UeiA Tom14 Lolta
2008 Deadbeat Donny Solo
2008 Ozmo Solo
2008 Peripheral Media Projects
2008 Psychedelic Brasil Zezao Highraff Milo Tchais
2008 1980 Crew Paris Barcelona
2008 PANIK Solo
2008 Soozy Lipsey
2008 Twinkle Troughton and Craig Cooper
2008 Tinsel Edwards Solo
2007 Sten & Lex
2007 Joel Clifford
2007 John Uzzell Edwards
2007 Zosen and Kafre



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