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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The Book Of Automatic Drawing by Austin Osman Spare

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. Spare subsequently submitted several drawings for publication in Crowley’s Thelemite journal, The Equinoxreceiving payment in the form of an expensive ritual robe.

Spare held exhibitions of his work at the St. July 10, Auction Closed. Developing his own personal occult philosophy, he authored a series of occult grimoiresnamely Earth InfernoThe Book of Pleasure and The Focus of Life 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.

The volume contained a number of self-portraits; he also filled many of the images with illustrations of bric-a-bracof which he was a great collector. Archived copy as title link. An anonymous review of The Book of Satyrs published in Decemberwhich must have appeared around the time of Spare’s 23rd birthday, is by turns condescending and grudgingly respectful, “Mr. Key to Spare’s magico-religious views were the dual concepts of Zos and Kia.

Moog rated it liked it May 10, It was a very successful show and led to something of a post-war renaissance of interest. Spare’s spiritualist legacy was largely maintained by his friend, the Thelemite author Kenneth Grant in the latter part of the 20th century, and his beliefs regarding sigils provided a key influence on the chaos magic movement and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.


Night Fantasia— Austin Osman Spare Two robed figures, a satyric figure and a tree 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.

Please enter a valid email address. Keats Ross rated it it was amazing Mar 09, Spare would later claim that the German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler took an interest in his work after one of his portraits was purchased by the German embassy in London. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Austin Osman Spare. 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!

In this way, Moore argued, Spare was offering an “ultimate and transcendent expression autoamtic himself at the extremities of his own being. Exploring his own mystical ideas regarding the human being and their unconscious mind, it also discussed magic and the use of sigils.

Spare, Austin Osman (1886-1956)

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 spars in The Book of Pleasure.

Want to Read saving…. Works by Austin Osman Spare. In a new street was named after the artist near his former home in Elephant and Castle. Views Read Edit View history.


At the same time, he was involved in a newly launched popular art magazine known as Colourwhich was edited in Victoria Street, submitting a number of contributions to its early issues. Patterson austun to be a descended from a line of Salem witches that Cotton Mather had failed to extirpate. Spare placed great emphasis drawig the unconscious part of the mindbelieving that it was the source of inspiration.

It is similar to the language amalgamations in the book of Abramelin. Books by Austin Osman Spare.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Here, they became neighbours to Spare’s old friend Sylvia Pankhurst uastin, with Spare also befriending several local Jewsreading works of Jewish literature such as the Zohar and The Song of Solomon in order to impress them.

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 Spqre movement and William Morris.

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November 23, Auction Closed. The recurrent motifs of androgyny, death, masks, dreams, vampires, satyrs and religious themes, so typical of the art of the French and Belgian Symbolists, find full expression in Spare’s early work, along with a desire to shock the bourgeois.

He has come back in time to play a belated part in the revival of taste for art nouveau. The original work was executed by the artist in April and May of during a particularly turbulent period of his life in which he abandoned more commercial artistic styles and instead immersed himself in the creation of several drawinng of his darkly-visionary “automatic drawings.