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"Circinus" Acrylic on canvas (81×60 cm)

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Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) English Artist, writer and occultist who devised a wholly unique style of drawing and painting, mixing magic, automatic drawing/writing, Sigilization with exceptional draughtsmanship and vision. Spare is something of an enigma, conspicuously absent from most anthological assessments of, and publications concerning, Art History. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to unearth any awareness of him or his work outside of occult enthusiasts and, where one might at least hope to find a mention of him, perhaps in regards to the Pre- Raphealites or proponents of the ensuing English crafts movement (especially GF Watts who, stylistically at least, anticipated Spare), one would again draw a blank. This, in many ways reflects the man and artist himself, who retreated from the "Art" world (and it's attendant pretences and politics) to privacy and poverty in South London, a shabby flat he shared with numerous cats, and surrounding pubs where he depicted the working class habitues as Satyrs and otherworldly entities. Immensely gifted, Spare was granted a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Art at just sixteen and, in 1907, had his first major exhibition at London's Bruton Gallery. Thereafter he became somewhat feted by London's avant garde and was to come into contact with Aleister Crowley. Their's was, however, a fraught friendship, with Spare very much going his own way, publishing his seminal "Book Of Pleasure" which, albeit implicitely, dismisses Crowley and ceremonial magic. After serving as a medical orderly in WW1, Spare was largely disillusioned with the society he returned to, noting "Lots of things had changed. I found it very difficult to keep going on with what I had been doing. That pushed me into the abstract world - and there I have more or less remained". Such alienation and rage was expressed in his "Anathema of Zos - Sermon To The Hypocrites", published in 1927.It is alleged that in 1936, Spare declined an invitation to paint Adolf Hitler's portrait, and there are various anecdotal accounts of his magical abilities. Regardless, his Artistic work in itself warrants recognition for its technical mastery and imaginative fecundity, and perhaps it is fitting that he remains a shrouded, unaffiliated mystery.

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Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) English Artist, writer and occultist who devised a wholly unique style of drawing and painting, mixing magic, automatic drawing/writing, Sigilization with exceptional draughtsmanship and vision. Spare is something of an enigma, conspicuously absent from most anthological assessments of, and publications concerning, Art History. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to unearth any awareness of him or his work outside of occult enthusiasts and, where one might at least hope to find a mention of him, perhaps in regards to the Pre- Raphealites or proponents of the ensuing English crafts movement (especially GF Watts who, stylistically at least, anticipated Spare), one would again draw a blank. This, in many ways reflects the man and artist himself, who retreated from the "Art" world (and it's attendant pretences and politics) to privacy and poverty in South London, a shabby flat he shared with numerous cats, and surrounding pubs where he depicted the working class habitues as Satyrs and otherworldly entities. Immensely gifted, Spare was granted a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Art at just sixteen and, in 1907, had his first major exhibition at London's Bruton Gallery. Thereafter he became somewhat feted by London's avant garde and was to come into contact with Aleister Crowley. Their's was, however, a fraught friendship, with Spare very much going his own way, publishing his seminal "Book Of Pleasure" which, albeit implicitely, dismisses Crowley and ceremonial magic. After serving as a medical orderly in WW1, Spare was largely disillusioned with the society he returned to, noting "Lots of things had changed. I found it very difficult to keep going on with what I had been doing. That pushed me into the abstract world - and there I have more or less remained". Such alienation and rage was expressed in his "Anathema of Zos - Sermon To The Hypocrites", published in 1927.It is alleged that in 1936, Spare declined an invitation to paint Adolf Hitler's portrait, and there are various anecdotal accounts of his magical abilities. Regardless, his Artistic work in itself warrants recognition for its technical mastery and imaginative fecundity, and perhaps it is fitting that he remains a shrouded, unaffiliated mystery.

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