Austin Osman Spare has been taking the art world by storm in the past five yearsand this recent work undertakes to examine Austin Osman Spare and women. This is a crucial contribution, as sex and sexuality are so important in his art. Wallace's work centres upon Spares relationship with his wife Eily (shortened from Eileen), a former chorus girl on the West End stage, whose profession and personality influenced the artist's thinking and imagery. Author William Wallace is a long-time student and scholar of Austin Osman Spare, and this book shows his magisterial command of his subject. The volume is lavishly illustrated throughout both in colour and black-and-white, showing rare photographs, art works and advertisements.
Roehampton: Jerusalem Press, 2016. Hardback, 202 pages. New. Standard edition limited to 800 hand-numbered copies.