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Austin Osman Spare

1886-1956 (UK)

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.

Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as medium, Drawing Room (London) 2020

Drawings 2019, MAAS Gallery (London) 2019

EXHIBITION #7, The Museum of Everything (Tasmania) 2017/8

As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) 2017

Archer Gallery (London) 1947

The Exhibition Catalogues of Austin O. Spare, Fulgur Ltd. 2012

Phil Baker, Austin Osman Spare, 2011

‘Borough Satyr: the Life and Work of Austin Osman Spare' exhibition catalogue, Fulgar Ltd. 2005

Gavin W. Semple, Study for a Portrait of Frank Letchford, Fulgur Ltd., 2002

Gavin W. Semple, Zos-Kia: An Introductory Essay on the Art and Sorcery of Austin Osman Spare, Fulgur Ltd., 1995

Austin Osman Spare, Zos Speaks! Encounters with Austin Osman Spare, Fulgur Ltd., 1998

Austin Osman Spare, Two Tracts on Cartomancy, Fulgur Ltd., 1997

Austin Osman Spare, The Book of Ugly Ecstasy, Fulgur Ltd., 1996

Austin Osman Spare, The Witches’ Sabbath and Axiomata, Fulgur Ltd., 1992