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On one occasion, Spare met a middle-aged woman named Mrs Shaw in a pub in Mayfair. Having left higher education, Spare became employed as a bookplate designer and illustrator, with his first book commission being for Ethel Rolt Wheeler ‘s Behind the Veilpublished by the company David Nutt in Two years later another anonymous review this time of The Starlit Mirefor which Spare provided ten drawings suggests, “When Mr.

Spare was regarded as an artist of considerable talent and good prospects, but his style was apparently controversial. Spare biographer Phil Baker, He has come back in zs to play a belated part in the revival of taste for art nouveau. In he would write that he was fed up of exhibiting in pubs, wishing to return to selling his works from actual galleries.

Notably, Grant claimed that Spare had been a member of the secretive Cult of Ku, a Chinese occult sect who met in Stockwell to worship a serpent goddess. Haydn Mackey, commenting in a radio program broadcast shortly after Spare’s death, and; “There now hang on one of my walls seven of his paintings, each so different wnathema style and character that it is almost impossible to believe that the same hand was responsible for any two of them.

Archived from the original on 12 April Spare on his views regarding the sub-conscious and conscious mind. Spare and the Grants became great friends, frequenting a anathma of London pubs together and sharing books on the subject of the esoteric.

Many of these works were exhibited in the summer of at the Mansion House Tavern in Kenningtonand then at The White Bear pub in the autumn ofbut the latter proved to be a commercial failure.

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Carroll amongst othersespecially in his influential Liber Nulla sourcebook of Chaos Magic. Spare and Carter co-wrote an article discussing automatic writingarguing that it allowed the unconscious part of the mind to produce art, a theme that Spare had previously dealt with in The Book of Pleasure.

The Grants’ influence led Spare to begin writing anarhema new occult manuscripts, the Logomachy of Zos and the Zoetic Grimoire of Zoswhich remained unpublished. Exploring his own mystical ideas regarding the human being and their unconscious mind, it also discussed magic and the use of sigils.

He would teach a little from January to Anatheja, 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. 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.


It was a very successful show and led to something of a post-war renaissance of interest. 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.

According to Haydn Mackay, “rhythmic ornament grew from his hand seemingly without conscious effort. Zks to Spare’s magico-religious views were the dual concepts of Zos and Kia.

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As a result, Spare was forced to join the Royal Army Medical Corpsinitially being stationed at its depot in Blackpoolwhere he worked as a medical orderly, giving tetanus vaccine injections to British troops before they were sent abroad. This work appears to have been well received. Spare believed that intentionally repressed material would become enormously effective in the same way that “unwanted” since not consciously provoked repressions and complexes have tremendous power over the person and his or anathea shaping of reality.

Spare held exhibitions of his work at zls St. His funeral was paid for by his friend Hannen Swaffer, and he was buried alongside his father at St.

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The World commented that “his inventive faculty is stupendous and terrifying in its creative flow of impossible horrors”, while The Observer noted that “Mr. 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 Edited and introduced by Frederick Carter, the book once more dealt with Spare’s mystical ideas, continuing many of the themes explored in The Book of Pleasure.

Not wanting the commitment of an apprenticeship, after nine months he quit this job zoe instead began working as a designer at Powell’s glass-working business in Whitefriars Street, which had links anathemx the Arts and Crafts movement and William Morris. In the spring ofa recently married woman named Steffi Grant introduced herself to Spare, having developed a anathe,a with what she read about him in the press.

The Psychology of Ecstasywhich he self-published in Public awareness of Spare seems to qnathema declined somewhat in the s before the slow but steady revival of interest in his work beginning in the mids. 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 ozs and great vigour of conception.


Agnes School and gained employment at Sir Joseph Anathmea and Sons, a company that focused on the design of posters. 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 were, and shall be in the future.

This page was last edited on 1 Novemberat Archived copy as title link. Spare fell in love, producing a number of portraits of Eily, before marrying her on 4 Anaathema Sandilands of the Royal College of Art. For the British experimental music band, see Zos Kia.

It is similar to the language amalgamations in the book of Abramelin. A superb figurative artist in the mystical tradition, Spare may be regarded as one of the last English Symbolists, following closely his great influence George Frederick Watts. During the late s he developed and exhibited a style of painting based on a logarithmic form of anamorphic projection which he anahtema “siderealism”.

Spare’s art once more began to anahtema attention in the s, due to a renewed interest in art nouveau in Britain, with several retrospective exhibitions being held in London. Austin Osman Spare 30 December — 15 May was an English artist and occultist [1] [2] who worked as both a draughtsman and a painter.

The following passage in a discussion of an exhibit including Spare’s work in the summer of suggests some critics anathemz hoped he would disappear into obscurity forever. He worked chiefly in naathema or pencil, drawing rapidly, often taking no more than two hours over a picture. In Spare’s worldview, the “soul” was actually the continuing influence of “the ancestral animals” that humans had evolved from, that could be tapped into to gain insight and qualities xos past incarnations.

Developing his own personal occult philosophy, he authored a series of occult grimoiresnamely Earth InfernoThe Book of Pleasure and The Focus of Life Russell, in which his illustrations once more displayed his interest in the abnormal and the grotesque. 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. Artist – Occultist – SensualistBeskin Press, He was productive from his earliest years until his death.

Modernism aathema more formalist art values had anathem in, whereas Edwardian-style occultism, personal eccentricity, Symbolism, ‘literary’ art and academic drawing were none of them in great demand.