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Spare believed that intentionally repressed material would become enormously effective in the same way that “unwanted” since not consciously provoked repressions and complexes have tremendous power over the person and his or her shaping of reality.
Archived from the original on 12 April Works by Austin Osman Spare. Surrealism took an interest in automatism and the unconscious, just like Spare’s work, and although he did not think highly of the surrealists, he was often described at the time as a British forerunner of the surrealist movement; indeed, the reporter Hubert Nicholson ran a story on him anthema “Father of Surrealism — He’s a Cockney!
Spare held his first pub show at the Temple Bar in Walworth Road in latewhich again proved successful, earning Spare guineas.
The World commented that “his inventive faculty is stupendous and terrifying in its creative flow of impossible horrors”, while The Observer anatgema that “Mr. Key to Spare’s magico-religious views were the dual concepts of Zos and Kia. Following the victory of Britain and its allies, Spare had moved into a small flat at 8 Gilbert Place in BloomsburyCentral London, where he lived alone; although they never gained a divorceSpare had separated from his wife Eily, who had begun a relationship with another man.
Zps he kept open house; critics and purchasers would go down, ring the bell, be admitted, and inspect the pictures, often in the company of some of the models – working women of the neighbourhood. Sandilands of the Royal College of Art. Following his experience with Aleister Xos 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 Anaathema in The Book of Pleasure.
It is far easier to imitate an epigram than to invent one.
Anathema of Zos : Austin Osman Spare :
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.
Some of Spare’s techniques, particularly the aathema of sigils and the creation of an “alphabet of desire” were adopted, adapted and popularized by Peter J.
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.
It was a very successful show and led to something of a post-war renaissance of interest. He proceeded to move to Lambeth for a while, and then in to Elephant and Castlea anaathema working class area of South London, where he set up his home in the flat at 56a Walworth Road, situated above ansthema loading bay of a Woolworth’s store.
Austin Osman Spare
While the Zos Kia Cultus has very few adherents today, it is widely considered an important influence on the rise of chaos magic. There are differing accounts as to where the wedding took place, with Spare claiming that it occurred in St George’s, Hanover Squarealthough later biographer Phil Baker suggested that it might instead have been at St George’s Register Office. At the wedding, Spare choked on his wedding cakesomething his bride thought hilarious.
Agnes School and gained employment at Sir Joseph Causton and Sons, a company that focused on the design of posters. He worked chiefly in pastel or pencil, drawing rapidly, often taking no more than two hours over a picture.
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. The Psychology of Ecstasywhich he self-published in 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.
Modernism and more formalist art values had come in, whereas Edwardian-style occultism, personal eccentricity, Symbolism, ‘literary’ art and academic drawing were none of them in great demand. Many of these works were exhibited in the summer of at the Mansion House Tavern in Kenningtonand then at The White Bear pub in the autumn ofbut the latter proved to be a commercial failure.
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Spare used the term ” 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 anathemx Tao. Raised in the Anglican denomination of Christianity, Spare had come to denounce amathema 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.
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. Haydn Mackey, commenting in a radio program broadcast shortly after Spare’s death, and; “There now ansthema on one of my walls seven of his paintings, each so different in style and character that it is almost impossible to believe that the same hand was responsible for any two of them.
In a note included in the publication, Anatnema stated that there were still many sections of the book missing, including a proposed introduction written by Daniel Phaer, but that he hoped these would be included in a second edition; ultimately this would never come about.
The recurrent motifs of androgyny, death, masks, dreams, vampires, satyrs and religious themes, aos typical of the art of the French and Belgian Symbolists, find full expression in Spare’s early work, along with a desire to shock the bourgeois. Not zoz the commitment of an apprenticeship, after nine months he quit this job and instead began working as a designer at Powell’s glass-working business in Whitefriars Street, which had links anathsma the Arts and Crafts movement and William Morris.
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 has come back in time to play a belated part in the revival of taste for art nouveau.
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.