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The Cult of One: Magic and Art of Austin Osman Spare

The Cult of One is an analytical exploration of the celebrated artist and psychic Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956).

In a 90-minute in-depth slide lecture, Robert Ansell will offer a radical re-analysis of Spare’s metaphysical philosophy and creative magical practices, drawing upon evidence from both traditional esoteric sources and recent developments in cognitive science. It will examine Spare’s primary techniques, including the Death Posture, the Neither-Neither principle and his philosophy of Self-Love, considering them in the context of the artist’s key influences. The lecture will be illustrated throughout with large projections of Spare’s art, many from the Fulgur archives. The evening will appeal to long-established devotees and newcomers alike.

Robert Ansell is a leading expert on Austin Spare. He first encountered the artist over 20 years ago in his career with the fine art auctioneers Sotheby’s. In 1992 he co-founded Fulgur Limited with the aim of creating ‘a nexus between the creative current that informs the work of Austin Osman Spare and modern collectors and students of the occult.’ Since then, Fulgur has published most of the key works by and about the artist, including: Zos Speaks!, Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare, The Book of Ugly Ecstasy and Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare. He currently lives in Somerset.

VENUE: Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley St., WC2B 5LT (5 minutes from Treadwell’s).


Robert Ansell | talks


Date and Time:

10 November 2007 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Dragon Hall
17 Stukeley Street
020 7482 8830
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Treadwell's Books
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