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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Carroll amongst othersespecially in his influential Liber Nulla sourcebook of Chaos Magic. In the evenings he attended the Lambeth School of Art. July 10, Auction Closed.

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. Austin Osman Spare Lizard and Heads: Sandilands of the Royal College of Art.

Here, Spare attended St. He was especially interested in delineating the old, and had various models over 70 and one as old as Archived copy as title link. Views Read Edit View history. Together they moved into a tenement called Bloomfield House on Bloomfield Place, King Street in Snow Hillwhich was inhabited by the families of police officers, drivers, clerks and market workers.

It was a logical conclusion to view the subconscious mind as the source of all magical power, which Spare soon did.

Ayla rated it it was amazing May 27, However, his designs are not inappropriate for the crude paradoxes that form the text of this book. Andy rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Three robed figures and tree trunks. A commercial success, the works on display showed the increasing influence of Spiritualism on his thought, and included a number of portraits of prominent Spiritualists like Arthur Conan Doyle and Kate Fox-Jencken. After publishing two short-lived art magazines, Form and The Golden Hindduring the First World War he was conscripted into the armed forces and worked as an official war artist.


The Book Of Automatic Drawing by 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.

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. His attention to composition and line are similar to the formal aspects in works by Egon SchieleAubrey Beardsleyand Gustav Klimt.

Journalists from the British press took a particular interest in his work, highlighting the fact that, at seventeen years of age, he was the youngest artist in the exhibition, with some erroneously claiming that he was the youngest artist to ever exhibit at the show. July 11, Auction Closed.

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He tortured himself before the first war and would have inspired the surrealist movement had he been discovered early enough. The World commented that “his inventive faculty is stupendous and terrifying in its creative flow of impossible horrors”, while The Observer noted that “Mr.

Spare would self-publish it in an edition of copies from his sister’s house in GoodmayesEssexin Under certain conditions, that which is repressed can become even more powerful than that which is held in the conscious mind. According to this story, the accuracy of which has never been verifiedin Hitler requested that Spare travel to Berlin to produce a portrait of the Nazi leader, but that Spare refused, remarking that “If you are a superman, let me be forever animal.

All things are possible, even in nightmares 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. A great fan of the wireless, he eagerly agreed, but was zustin upset by automztic result, which automattic on an episode titled “Unusual Beliefs”, believing that he had been ridiculed.


Museum Press, facsimile; numbered copies.

The Book Of Automatic Drawing

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 seve A Book of Automatic Drawing is a large, folio-sized book of sketches by the renowned English artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare – Two robed figures with a serpent.

Spare fell in love, producing a number of portraits of Eily, before marrying her on 4 September One of those attracted to Spare’s work was Aleister Crowley —an occultist who had founded the religion of Thelema intaking as its basis Crowley’s The Book of the Law.

Christopher Leinhart rated it liked it Apr 26, InSpare left St. Spare’s drawings otherwise than as diagrams of ideas which I have quite failed to unravel; I can only regret that a good draughtsman limits the scope of his appeal”.

Self-published by Spare through the Automxtic Printing Society, copies of Earth Inferno were purchased by Pankhurst and other friends from the college. Spare placed great emphasis on the unconscious part of the mindbelieving that it was the source of inspiration. 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.

Andie rated it liked it Jul 16, Spare died on the afternoon of 15 Mayat the age of

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