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Austin Osman Spare

1886-1956 (ENGLAND)

Offbeat, contrary and London-born, Spare was a trained draughtsman and child prodigy, who gained notoriety as the youngest painter ever to be accepted into the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 1904. Yet it was his profound interest in magic, sexuality, the unconscious, and the occult, which came to dominate his art, now highly-prized for its relentless and lifelong 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