Thursday, December 28, 2006

Austin Osman Spare
"Austin Osman Spare was an artist, philosopher and occult magician. Like Aleister Crowley with whom he had a brief association, Spare was a genius in his own time unappreciated and vilified by a society that could little understand him. His was the inspiration that led to the formation of the 'Illuminates of Thanateros' (IOT) in England in the late 1970’s and the practice of what is now known as 'Chaos Magic' " - link taken from here.

A large collection of Spare's art can be found at this site.

Here are a selection of drawings by Spare from the collection of John Balance (a greatly missed, unique and incredible musician) and Peter Christopherson of the amazing musical group "Coil". "The following drawings were executed by Spare in 1924, part of a series which he titled the Book of Ugly Esctacy."

This page has compiled some of the following galleries of Spare's art and writing.
Automatic Drawing
Anathema of Zos: The Sermon to the Hypocrites
Check out the "Adventures In Limbo" sketchbook.

Some of my favorite Spare pictures...
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13

1 comment:

Paul Rumsey said...

Spare knew Harry Clarke and Alan Odle, Odle is good also. Paul.