Artist’s act of pure kindness
A SCHOOLBOY who wrote to the graffiti artist ‘Pure Evil’ has bagged himself an original artwork.
Ten-year-old Dylan Bakshi, who attends St Martin’s School in Northwood, emailed the artist, whose real name is Charles Uzzell-Edwards, to say he admired his work and was saving up to buy one of his paintings.
He met Pure Evil last February when he visited the artist’s gallery in Shoreditch and got his autograph.
After that Dylan decided to save up to buy one of the artist’s Snoopy paintings and even asked his family for money instead of presents for his 10th birthday.
Pure Evil wrote back telling Dylan he could have a £400 painting for the discount price of £40 for being “so awesome”.
Dylan said: “I was exhilarated when Pure Evil made such a generous offer. I had the painting framed. It is the only one in the world and I got it for just £40.”
Pure Evil, 43, who lives in Hackney with his wife and daughter, said: “It’s nice to go and make someone happy. My work is to inspire people, it’s not just about making prints.”
He got his unusual name after a childhood incident in which he shot a rabbit and realised what a terrible, ‘pure evil’ deed he had done.
He adds the image of a rabbit as a signature to his work.
n GIFT: Dylan Bakshi with Charlie Brown’s Nightmare