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The show was the last West End show Spare would have for 17 years. About Austin Osman Spare.

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. 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.

There are few other occultists like him. Developing his own personal occult philosophy, soman authored a series of occult grimoiresnamely Earth InfernoThe Book of Pleasure and The Focus of Life Rushing to see him at his hospital bed, it was here that Spare’s two dearest friends, Kenneth Grant and Frank Letchford, met one another for the first time.

He was productive from his earliest years until his death. Public awareness of Spare seems to have declined somewhat in the s before the slow but steady revival of interest in his work beginning in the mids. Some of Anatyema techniques, particularly the use of sigils and the creation of an “alphabet of desire” were adopted, adapted and popularized by Peter J.

James rated it it was ok Dec 24, Spare believed that intentionally repressed material would become enormously effective in the same way that “unwanted” since not consciously oxman repressions and complexes have tremendous power over the person and his or her shaping of reality.


Anatuema 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. 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.

Austin Osman Spare

Dolorosa rated it it was amazing May 18, Fuller and Havelock Ellis. Jovany Agathe rated it did not like it Aug 26, Conrad Drecc rated it really liked it Dec 29, Ahstin a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mar 09, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Ville rated it really liked it Jul 20, He also featured a number of portraits of famous movie stars in the exhibit, leading him to later gain the moniker of “the first British Pop Artist “.

Anathema of Zos by Austin Osman Spare

At Blackpool, he was reprimanded for scruffiness, and complained that a part of his pay was being taken away for a “sports fund. As much, if not more than Aleister Crowley, Spare brought magical theory into the post-post-modern age, stripped down and streamlined.

Volksieg Wodensson rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Spqre a moment osmaj we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Here, his paintings illustrated many of the themes that would continue to inspire him throughout his life, including his mystical views about Zos and Kia. Spare used the term spafe 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.


Artist – Occultist – SensualistBeskin Press, Our critic ends his review with the observation that Spare’s “drawing is often more shapeless and confused than we trust it will be when he has assimilated better the excellent influences upon which he has formed his style. Bunny rated it really liked it Jun 17, Eleanor26th rated it liked it Jan 17, Rejecting Christianity and developing an interest in western esotericismhe read several books on Theosophy by Madame Blavatskynamely Isis Unveiledand wanting to explore the topic further, he also read the works of prominent occultists Cornelius Agrippa and Eliphas Levi.

The World commented that anathemaa inventive faculty is stupendous and terrifying in its creative flow of impossible horrors”, while The Observer noted that “Mr.

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Spare and the Grants became great friends, frequenting a number of London pubs together and sharing books on the subject of the esoteric. 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. Inwith the First World War still raging, the British government implemented the Military Service Act III, conscripting into the armed forces men who had previously been rejected on medical grounds.

Michell rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Daniele Santagiuliana rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Following the culmination of the war, Spare held a comeback show in November at the Archer Gallery.