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New biography of Austin Osman Spare published by Strange Attractor

By Psyche | February 9, 2011 | Print This Post | E-mail This Post | Leave a Comment

Slated for release in March 2011, Austin Osman Spare: The Life & Legend of London’s Lost Artist. by Phil Baker, by Phil Barker will be published by Strange Attractor.

The biography contains a forward written by writer and magickian Alan Moore.

From the publisher’s description:

Spare was never made for worldly success and he went underground, falling out of the gallery system to live in poverty and obscurity south of the river. Absorbed in occultism and sorcery, voyaging into inner dimensions and surrounding himself with cats and familiar spirits, he continued to produce extraordinary art while developing a magical philosophy of pleasure, obsession, and the subjective nature of reality.

Today Spare is both forgotten and famous, a cult figure whose modest life has been much mythologised since his death. This groundbreaking biographical study offers wide-ranging insights into Spare’s art, mind and world, reconnecting him with the art history that ignored him and exploring his parallel London; a bygone place of pub pianists, wealthy alchemists and monstrous owls.

A collector’s edition is listed at £30, while the regular edition will be £25.

Psyche is the editor of and the curator for the occult resource, Psyche also operates a tarot consultation business, Psyche Tarot. She has been published in The Cauldron, Konton, Tarot World Magazine, among other magazines, and her essay “Strategic Magick” appeared in Manifesting Prosperity (Megalithica, 2008).

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