Artist’s act of pure kind­ness

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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