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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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!

Spare’s art is abnormal, unhealthy, wildly fantastic and unintelligible”.

Following automstic culmination of the war, Spare held a comeback show in November at the Archer Gallery. Fields of the Nephiliman English gothic rock band, have a live album title Earth Inferno which shares its name with a self-published book of the same name. Kristin rated it liked it Sep 28, Despite his interest in the unconscious, Spare was deeply critical of the ideas put forward by the psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jungreferring to them as “Fraud and Junk.

On one occasion, Spare met a middle-aged woman named Mrs Shaw in a pub in Mayfair. Andy rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Archived from the original on 10 September Austin Osman Spare results.

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Spare with a considerable fund of fancy and invention, although the activities of dtawing mind still find vent through somewhat tortuous channels. Bryan rated it liked it Jul 09, In this way, Moore argued, Spare was offering an “ultimate and transcendent expression of himself at the extremities of his own being. Envisioning his new venture, titled Formas a successor to The Yellow Bookhe was joined as co-editor by the etcher Frederick Carterwho used the pseudonym of Francis Marsden.


Night Fantasia— Sandilands of the Automstic College of Art. Essabuhaider rated it really liked it Dec 26, Magic, occultism and Parapsychologyp. His later biographer Phil Baker would later characterise it as “a remarkable work of Edwardian black-and-white art” which was “far more confidently drawn and better finished than the work of the Satyrs “. Eepman rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Spare subsequently submitted several osjan for publication in Crowley’s Thelemite journal, The Equinoxreceiving payment in the form of an expensive ritual robe.

However, Spare discontinued the magazine after the third issue, which was published in January It has been argued that Spare’s magic depended at least in part upon psychological repression. He also featured sppare number of portraits of famous movie stars in the exhibit, leading him to later gain the moniker of “the first British Ausin Artist “.

Eager to marry off her daughter, who already had one child from an earlier relationship, Mrs Shaw soon introduced Spare to her child, Eily Gertrude Shaw Born drawnig a working-class family in Snow Hill in London, Spare grew up in Smithfield and then Kenningtontaking an early interest in art. Museum Press, facsimile; numbered copies.

Austin Osman Spare

Austin Osman Spare An ascending plume of faces, figures and Spare’s ‘sentient symbols’ and his ‘alphabet of desire’ situate this mediatory magic in a libidinal framework of Tantric—which is to say cosmological—proportions. But Spare did not entirely disappear. Soon, he began studying at the RCA, but was dissatisfied with the teaching he received there, becoming a truant and being disciplined by his tutors as a result. Spare used the term ” Kia “, which he pronounced keah or keerto refer to a universal mind or ultimate power, akin to the Hindu idea of Brahman or the Taoist idea of the Tao.

Alongside a string of personal exhibitions, he also achieved much press attention for being the youngest entrant at the Royal Academy summer exhibition.

Spare, Austin Osman (1886-1956)

Daniele Santagiuliana rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Views Read Edit View history. Please enter a valid email address. Man and Emerging Figure and Hand During his lifetime, Spare left critics unable to place his work comfortably. Influenced by symbolism and art nouveau his art was known for its clear use of line, [3] and its depiction of xustin and sexual imagery.


Two robed figures with a serpent.

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Spare would self-publish it in an edition of copies from his sister’s house in GoodmayesEssexin Louis Exposition and the Paris International Exhibitionand in he won a silver medal at the Automtaic 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.

Key to Spare’s magico-religious views were the dual concepts of Zos and Kia. His attention to composition and line are similar to the formal aspects in works by Egon SchieleAubrey Beardsleyand Gustav Klimt.

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. At Blackpool, he was reprimanded for scruffiness, and complained that a part of his pay was being taken away owman a “sports fund. However, his designs automatoc not inappropriate for the crude paradoxes that form the text of this book.

In he exhibited at the Archer Gallery, producing over works for the show. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

At the wedding, Spare choked on his wedding cakesomething his bride thought hilarious. The Grants’ influence led Spare to begin writing several new occult manuscripts, the Logomachy of Zos and the Zoetic Grimoire of Zoswhich remained unpublished.

Like most young men he seems to take himself somewhat too seriously”. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There he kept open house; critics and purchasers would go down, ring the bell, be admitted, and inspect the pictures, often in the company of some of the models – working women of the neighbourhood.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Open Preview See a Problem? Modernism and more formalist art values had come in, whereas Edwardian-style occultism, personal eccentricity, Symbolism, ‘literary’ art and academic drawing were auromatic of them in great demand.