International street artists, Ben Eine and Pure Evil (Charles Uzzell-Edwards) unveil new artworks on walls at Brighton’s Artist Residence Hotel.

The unveiling will take place as part of a ticketed event on 16 May, including a four-course tasting menu at The Set Restaurant and a panel talk with the artists.

During the talk, Ben Eine and Pure Evil will discuss street art versus fine art and debate the role of artists in society today. The panel talk will be chaired by Inspiring City art blogger Stuart Holdsworth and recorded live for Episode One of the second season of artrepublic’s Art Related Noise podcast.

Making art accessible

The event is part of a new series of events being hosted by artrepublic, aimed at making art more accessible.

Acushla Bennett, Director of artrepublic’s Brighton Gallery, said:“It’s our aim to build stronger connections between artists and admirers of their work and we’ve planned a series of events to help bring this vision to life. Those coming along to the evening at Artist Residence will get to meet the artists and hear first-hand about their work and influences. It’s a rare opportunity and one we’re really excited to make happen in Brighton.”

International street artists

Ben Eine’s work is prolific across London, he’s worked with Banksy, exhibited internationally and David Cameron famously gifted one of his works to Barack Obama in 2010. Pure Evil has exhibited worldwide in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, and all over Europe. He regularly hosts workshops, participates in lectures about street art and counts local musician Nick Cave as a collector of his work.

With strong Brighton connections and having worked with artrepublic for many years, Ben Eine and Pure Evil have also both previously worked closely with Artist Residence. Editions of their work are on display at all Artist Residence hotels and the two new Brighton bedrooms feature art by both artists, having been given free rein to decorate the walls as they please.

Art on walls in rooms at Artist Residence

One of the two new rooms features Ben Eine’s iconic typography ‘We Are All Dreamers’ stencilled onto the wall in large letters, synonymous with those on Brighton’s famous beach-front carousel.

The other features Pure Evil’s ‘Nightmare Series’ Audrey Hepburn portrait with the artists’ signature paint drip under her eye.

Artist, Charles (Pure Evil) commented, “I thought the whole mood of Audrey Hepburn would work well in a room where people spend a night or two. She’s pretty calm and serene and I wanted guests staying in the room to feel that tranquillity.”

Gracing a wall of blush pink, the Pure Evil artwork promises to be a hit among those looking for a fun and romantic seaside getaway.

On visiting Brighton, Charles added: “Brighton on the whole is such a special place. It reminds me so much of Quadrophenia; every time I see the pier, I get taken back to watching that film for the first time. Me and my wife visit often.”

Debate and dine with the artists

The Ben Eine and Pure Evil dinner and panel talk will take place at 7pm on Thursday 16thMay at Artist Residence Hotel, Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2FJ.

Tickets are £75pp. Book here:  https://www.artistresidence.co.uk/events/meet-the-artist-pure-evil-ben-eine-panel-talk-dinner-at-the-set/