We are excited to welcome back Pure Evil, as the British artist brings us his latest edition from his series of inspirational women, this time featuring Francois Hardy. Available as part of our Art Basel Miami 2017 Featured Artist Print Releases in a Black & Red Edition, as well as a variant Endless Summer Edition, these new prints from Pure Evil are hand-pulled in the UK with both editions featuring 10 unique hand-embellished variants as only Pure Evil can do it! Read on for more and snag these editions before they are gone . . .
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Pure Evil: I’m working on a series of portraits of strong inspirational women because, in the words of the song, ‘women of the world, take over, because if you don’t the world will come to an end’ I think women should take control because men have really screwed things up in the last couple of centuries and it’s time to cede control to the wiser and fairer race. Women of the world, please save us.
1x: What materials were used to create this original piece?
Pure Evil: The process of making the print is a bit special. I cut the stencil with a big knife in quite thick card (rather than thin paper or card). Then I spray the stencil layers onto acetate sheets, which are then used to make the screens directly. This keeps all the paint splatters and spray marks. I don’t want it to like like a graphic design project, I want it to stay analog and dirty. Cut it myself, spray it myself and keep that integrity.
1x: When was this originally drawn and created?
Pure Evil: I did this last week.
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Pure Evil: Francoise Hardy has always been on my radar, I just needed to find the right image to use, and when I saw this, I knew it was the one, it just had the right attitude. Whenever I do a new painting or a print it feels like falling in love.
1x: How long did this image take to create from start to finish?
Pure Evil: From conception to birth it takes about 9 months. It’s normal.
1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Pure Evil: For the colourways I looked at antique posters for inspiration, the colours of the low run are inspired by the classic surf poster for the film ‘endless summer’ and the other one is from a Russian poster I found. It’s all about the ‘culture of the thumbnail’ looking around the internet until something resonates. These days we are bombarded with so many images daily it’s nice when something really stands out. Consciously I make my images simple enough so they function well full size and also as a thumbnaiBuy The Black & Red Edition + 10 Hand-Painted Multiples NOW!
1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Pure Evil: Because they love it.
1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Pure Evil: Desire.
1x: What have you been up to over the last few months? Bring us up to speed on how things have been going recently for you?
Pure Evil: Getting up super early and getting into the studio and painting. Just having fun doing the best job in the world.
1x: Any recent shows or exhibitions that you had?
Pure Evil: I recently did a wicked solo show in Chicago at Vertical Gallery, did a big installation at Glastonbury Festival, and released an album of electronic music.
1x: What are some of the ways you have been trying to push yourself with your work over the last year?
Pure Evil: Colour has been important, I’m just trying to make eye candy 🍭 for the senses.
1x: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Pure Evil: I bought a lovely Basquiat drawing, I kind of don’t know how I got that lucky.
1x: Do you have any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Pure Evil: In March 2018 I have a solo in Portland , and a group show in Paris with the 1980 crew in February.
1x: Anything else you’d like to add?
Pure Evil: Here’s a photo of me and my dad.