Austin Osman Spare





Austin Osman Spare

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born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
December 30, 1886

died
May 15, 1956

gender
male

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Austin Osman Spare was an English artist who developed idiosyncratic magical techniques including automatic writing, automatic drawing and sigilization based on his theories of the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self. His artistic work is characterized by skilled draughtsmanship exhibiting a complete mastery of the use of the line[1], and often employs monstrous or fantastic magical and sexual imagery.

Some of Spare's techniques, particularly the use of sigils and the creation of an "alphabet of desire" were adopted, adapted and popularized by Peter J. Carroll in the work Liber Null & Psychonaut . Carroll and other writers such as Ray Sherwin are seen as key figures in the emergence of some of Spare's ideas and techni...more


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More books by Austin Osman Spare…
“The more Chaotic I am, the more complete I am.”
Austin Osman Spare

“And remember, you shall suffer all things and again suffer: until you have sufficient sufferance to accept all things.”
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“For I am I: ergo, the truth of myself; my own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex—asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.”
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