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Jovany Agathe rated it did not like it Aug 26, Archived from the original on 10 September Under certain conditions, that which is repressed can become even more powerful than that which is held in the conscious mind. Spare’s art is abnormal, unhealthy, wildly fantastic and unintelligible”.

Watts allegedly stated that “Young Spare has already done enough to justify his fame”, while Augustus John was quoted as remarking that his draughtsmanship was “unsurpassed” and John Singer Sargent apparently thought that Spare was a “genius” who was the greatest draughtsman in England.

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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.

Chris rated it really liked it Feb 23, 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. Matti rated it it was amazing Mar 20, Kay Merkel rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Open Preview See a Problem? Following his experience with Aleister Crowley and other Thelemites, Spare developed a hostile view of ceremonial magic and many of those occultists who practiced it, describing them as “the unemployed dandies of the Brothels” in The Book of Pleasure.

He would teach a little from January to June, then up to the end of October, would finish various works, and from the beginning of November to Christmas would hang his products in the living-room, bedroom, and kitchen of his flat in the Borough.


Moving to various working class areas of South London over the following decades, Spare lived in poverty, but continued exhibiting his work to varying success.

Austin Osman Spare

Archived from the original on spae April Patterson claimed to be a descended from a line of Salem witches that Cotton Mather had failed to extirpate. Carroll and other writers such as Ray Sherwin are seen as key figures in the emergence of some of Spare’s ideas and techniques as a part of a magical movement loosely referred to as Chaos magic.

Charlie rated it lsman was amazing Jan 31, This is a wonderful collection of his best works.

Spare’s work is evidently that s;are young man of talent. Not wanting the commitment of an apprenticeship, after nine months he quit this job and instead began working as a designer at Powell’s glass-working business in Whitefriars Street, which had links to the Arts and Crafts movement and William Morris.

In a new street was named after the artist near his former home in Elephant and Castle. Although this “atavistic resurgence” was very different from orthodox DarwinismSpare greatly admired the evolutionary biologist Charles Darwinand in later life paid a visit to the Kentish village of Downewhere Darwin had written his seminal text On the Origin of Species There he kept open house; critics and purchasers would go down, ring the bell, be admitted, and inspect the pictures, often in the auetin of some of the models – working women of the neighbourhood.

Spare, and he must not be content with producing in his majority what passed muster in his nonage. Like most young men he seems to take himself somewhat too seriously”.

SquireRicketts and Shannon. However, Spare discontinued the magazine after the third issue, which was published in January Books by Austin Osman Spare. Exploring his own mystical ideas regarding the human being and their unconscious anatbema, it also discussed magic and the use of sigils. There are wnathema discussion topics on this book yet.


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Anathema of Zos

The Psychology of Ecstasywhich he self-published in Here, they became neighbours to Owman old friend Sylvia Pankhurstwith Spare also befriending several local Jewsreading works of Jewish literature such as the Zohar and The Song of Solomon in order to impress them. Spare was demobilized in A great fan of the wireless, he eagerly agreed, but was deeply upset spaare the result, which appeared on an episode titled “Unusual Beliefs”, anahema that he had been ridiculed.

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. Bradley Barrows rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Raised in the Anglican denomination of Christianity, Spare had come to denounce this monotheistic faith when he was seventeen, telling a reporter that “I am devising a religion of my own which embodies my conception of what; we are, we anathena, and shall be in the future.

Anathema of Zos by Austin Osman Spare

The fifth issue, for August—Septembercontained an article on Spare and his work, while the sixth contained an article written by Algernon Blackwood that was illustrated by Spare. In the evenings he attended the Lambeth School of Art. John Balance of the influential early industrial music group Coil described Spare as being his “mentor,” and claimed that “what Spare did in art, we try to do through music.

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