We've lent to the Viktor Wynd Museum's Austin Osman Spare exhibition

10 Janurary 2023 - 9 July 2023


The Maas Gallery has lent two Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) drawings to the Viktor Wynd Museum in Hackney, for their A Bestiary of Austin Osman Spare exhibition.


Stephen Pochin of Jerusalem Press has curated a special selection of Spare’s singular art featuring animals. From cats and dogs, to eagles, owls, horses, and satyrs we have corralled  a rich cross-section of fauna. From early drawings to late pastels in colour,  this themed survey spans 50 years of this visionary  London artist’s uncanny art...  READ MORE

Forgotten and famous at the same time, Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) is now a cult figure, much mythologized 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


21 April 2023