Yesterday was the highly anticipated VIP opening of the biggest UK art fair outside of London, Manchester’s Buy Art Fair 2013. The highlight, if we do say so ourselves, was the brilliant live painting performance we commissioned by urban art extraordinaire Pure Evil.

Pure Evil travelled up to Manchester, spray can in hand, to take centre stage in a live painting exploit. The charismatic and charming street artist generously gave VIP guests a glimpse into his painting process by creating original canvases live at the fair.

The commission was described by Pure Evil as a “James Bond mission… Get in, blow the place up… leave on Friday morning”. In true Bond style the performance was suitably thrilling and thoroughly British, with HRH the Queen featuring as his subject (a bit of a role reversal there). You can watch Pure Evil’s Royal portrait being unveiled thanks to his sharp spray painting skills and impressively steady hand in this video-

The Queen Elizabeth portrait is titled ‘Prince Philip’s Nightmare’ and is the latest addition to Pure Evil’s wildly successful Nightmare Series. It shows HRH receiving the characteristic Nightmare treatment with a solitary tear rolling down her aristocratic cheek in an unusual display of emotion from the head of state. The series has explored famous females from the 20th century so it seems only right that the female monarch would appear sooner or later. “In a recent documentary about the 20th century it was described as being a very male century. I’m hoping to bring the feminine back with this series and save the planet,” said Pure Evil once.

With girl power in mind and bolstered by the Mancunian audience, Pure Evil whipped up three patriotic paintings brimming with British iconography. The works are reminiscent of the King of Pop, Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of the Queen in his Reigning Queens Series. Pure Evil’s Queen looks equally regal sporting her favourite Royal ‘bling’, an ornate crown and a classic diamond necklace, depicted in eye-catching silver spray paint.

As well as ‘Prince Philip's Nightmare’, Pure Evil treated audiences to a live painting performance of two ‘Frank Sinatra’s Nightmare’ canvases. One of these was taken directly from his recently released silkscreen limited edition, ‘Frank Sinatra’s Nightmare – Red’. Both were expertly stencilled portraits of an equally formidable female, Ava Gardner. The silver-screen siren oozes femme fatale magnetism and Pure Evil tantalised the crowd spray- painting her seductive and slightly frightening stare.

Everyone was massively grateful to Pure Evil for his generous demonstration. The street art favourite further demonstrated his generosity by charitably donating 25% of the price of his new canvas originals to the Buy Art Fair’s charity partners MacMillan Cancer Support. On Monday he had donated an artwork to a Macmillan auction and the piece was purchased by Welsh soprano Kathryn Jenkins. With the celebrity seal of approval, his latest creations are already proving to be highly collectable classics.

artrepublic will be at the Buy Art Fair 2013 until Saturday 29th September. Visit us at booth 84 where we have the Pure Evil magic available.

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