Forgotten and famous at the same time, Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) is now a cult figure, much mythologised since his death. Controversial enfant terrible of the Edwardian art world, Spare was hailed as a genius and a new Aubrey Beardsley, but instead he fell out of the West End art scene and went underground, living in poverty and obscurity in South London. 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.
Phil Baker's groundbreaking biographical study offers wide-ranging insights into Spare’s art, mind and world, reconnecting him with the mainstream art history that ignored him and exploring his parallel London; a bygone place of pub pianists, twentieth-century alchemists and gigantic owls.
7:00pm: Bar opens for pre-lecture drinks
7:30pm - 8:30pm: Lecture follwed by brief Q&A
8:30pm-9:30pm: Bar will remain open for post-lecture drinks
Please note: Guests will not be allowed entry after 7:45pm to avoid interrupting the lecture. If you are running late, please let us know asap