Austin Osman Spare (30 December – 15 May ) was an English artist and occultist . His father then surreptitiously submitted two of Spare’s drawings to the Royal Academy, one of which, a design for include Poems and Masks, A Book of Automatic Drawings, , The Collected Works of Austin Osman Spare. AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE with Automatic drawings by Mr Spare from Mr Swaffer’s collection. S ome of Spare’s “automatic drawings,” done in pencil. Austin Osman Spare was a British artist whose technically proficient depictions of occult imagery were ‘AUTOMATIC DRAWING’, from a sketchbook,

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Volksieg Wodensson rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Spare “elaborated his sigils by condensing letters of the alphabet into diagrammatic glyphs of desire, which were to be integrated into postural yogalike practices—monograms of thought, for the government of energy.

Robed figure and a satyric figure in a landscape. Agnes School and gained employment at Sir Joseph Causton and Sons, a company that focused on the design of posters. And there rest on a table in my sitting-room overlooking Trafalgar Square three sketchbooks full of ‘automatic drawings’ unique in their mastery of line, unique, too, in their daring of conception.

But Spare did not entirely disappear. Magic, occultism and Parapsychologyp. Austin Osman Spare Sorceress and Man: Lists with This Book.

One alleged that he aspired to eventually become the President of the Royal Academy itself, something he would quickly deny. March 21, Auction Closed. Refresh and try again.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It focuses on one’s individual universe and the influence of the magician’s will on it. Night Fantasia— Nicholas Heller rated it it was amazing Jun 05, If its desire to fly had been conscious, it would have had to wait till it could have done so by the same means as ourselves, i.


The following passage in a discussion of an exhibit including Spare’s work in the summer of suggests some critics had hoped he would disappear into oeman forever.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Critical reaction to his work in period ranged from baffled but impressed, to patronizing and dismissive.

Biography Austin Osman Spare was a British artist drawint technically proficient depictions of occult imagery were based in the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and the Symbolist movement. Spare with a considerable fund of fancy and invention, although the activities of his mind still find vent through somewhat tortuous channels.

Christopher Leinhart rated it liked it Apr 26, Samantha Quick rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Austin Osman Spare was an English artist who developed idiosyncratic magical techniques including automatic writing, automatic drawing and sigilization based on his theories of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self.

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Inthe Greenwich Gallery held an exhibition of Spare’s work accompanied by a catalogue essay by the Pop Artist Mario Amayawho believed that Spare’s artworks depicting celebrities, produced in the late s and s, represented “the first examples of Pop art in this country.

George’s Gallery in Hanover Square inand then at the Lefevre Gallery inbut his work received little praise in the press or attention from the public.

Louis Exposition and the Paris International Exhibitionand in he won a silver medal at the National Competition of Schools of Art, where the judges, who included Walter Crane and Byam Shawpraised his “remarkable sense of colour and great vigour of conception. Austin Osman Spare Lizard and Heads: It is similar to the language amalgamations in the book of Abramelin.


Ithell Colquhoun supported his claim to have been a proto-Surrealist and posthumously the critic Mario Amaya made the case for Spare as a Pop Artist. Agnes School, attached to a prominent High Anglican church, and as a child he was brought up within the Anglican denomination of Spaare. Spare fell in love, producing a number of portraits of Eily, before marrying her on 4 September Spare biographer Phil Baker, Austin Osman Spare Two robed figures, a satyric figure and a tree Surrealism took an interest in automatism and the unconscious, just like Spare’s work, and although he did not think highly of the surrealists, he was often described at the time as a British forerunner of the surrealist movement; indeed, the reporter Hubert Nicholson ran a story on him titled “Father of Surrealism — He’s a Cockney!

All things are possible, even in nightmares For these reasons, he believed in the intimate unity between humans and other species in the animal world; this was visually reflected in his art through the iconography of the horned humanoid figures. He has come back in time to play a belated part in the revival of taste for art nouveau.

Spare described ” Zos ” as the human body and mind, and would later adopt the term as a pseudonym for himself. Magic and witchcraft in Britain.