'Mashup Set' by Pure Evil x Miss Bugs, 2008
3-print matching number set between the two artists; a Pure Evil print...a Miss Bugs print...and then a completely bonkers MASHUP print of the 2 images!
22 x 30 Inches each.
Screen prints on 330gsm black Pilke fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 100 (#44/100)
Signed and numbered by both artists (see images).
ARTIST BIO (Pure Evil)
Charles Uzzell-Edwards, pseudonym Pure Evil was born in South Wales, the son of the abstraction painter John Uzzell-Edwards. At the beginning of the 90’s he left the United Kingdom to live in the United States for a few years, specifically, in San Francisco. Influenced by the American west coast’s trends of the moment, he began to have a deeper interest for the urban culture of skate, graffiti and electronic music. By then, Pure Evil began working for the clothing brand Anarchic Adjustment, giving the first steps into the world of graphic design and stencil.
Once settled back in the English capital, Pure Evil became involved with the graffiti culture of London and after getting involved with Banky’s Project Santa’s Ghetto, he produced his first print Pictures on Walls (POW). Pure Evil’s manikin explores, in words of the artist, his darkest side. Raised in a catholic environment where good and evil are two concepts linked to each other, the critical sense of the artist discusses the most diabolic side of society and the world, filled with wars and hunger that seem to not have an end. In addition to his street art Uzzell-Edwards has shown in expositions round the world including China, Brazil, Russia and also the whole European continent.
ARTIST BIO (Miss Bugs)
Miss Bugs was founded in the early part of 2007, originally coming from a background in photography and graphics. Working in partnership, they developed fast, spontaneous working methods, cutting and pasting existing images; ‘remixing and sampling classics’ in art to make new pieces with their own mark.
Miss Bugs began in the early days making small scale works on paper, using screen printing with hand painted elements. They then scaled the work up, making life size cut outs of characters to place in situ on the streets of London. These were left in place to become part of the cityscape and recorded through photography.
Their most recent work includes larger scale pieces, incorporating laser cut planes of wood, hundreds of small component objects and poured resin. These pieces are time consuming and labour intensive, and a long way from the quickly constructed art pieces of the early days. Miss Bugs has always taken a broad and varied approach to creating work. The combining of materials and objects, alongside the way contemporary imagery can be collaged together, either by hand, through photography, or using a digital process is important.
The focus of the work has always been the human form; as Miss Bugs’ interest lies in developing ‘characters’ to tell a story. Archetypal imagery from magazines, art history and films are used as a starting point, which are then cut, overlaid and distorted to produce character portraits with an arresting graphic look. The influence of collage artists like Hannah Höch can clearly be seen in the work. The layering and placing of colour and pattern is also intrinsic to the work, and is very much a hands on element for Miss Bugs in the construction of the final pieces.
Miss Bugs have exhibited in New York, San Francisco, LA, Paris and London. Their artwork is also in a number of significant private collections around the world.