AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE
Offbeat and contrary, and London-born, Spare was a trained draughtsman and child prodigy, who gained notoriety as the youngest painter ever accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Yet it was his profound interest in magic, sexuality, the unconscious and the occult, which came to dominate his art. Spare worked obsessively, illustrating, printing, exhibiting and publishing. His work has become highly prized, particularly in its depiction of the other.