Friends and Influences (Deluxe) - Gary Sargeant
The publisher's description of this important book, who describes it as a 'memoir by one of the few remaining people still alive who knew Austin Osman Spare. The author [Sargeant] is an artist who as a teenager was nurtured and taken to life-classes by Spare and his sister Nellie. Gary is blind, but the memories are sharp and evocative. Spare, it transpires, set Gary upon his varied career in Art & Design. As a corrective to a mythologising tendency, as he sees it, Gary paints a much needed 'tactile picture' of Austin Osman Spare, as someone who is more than the 'occult artist' that many readers will be familiar with. Here we are introduced to the selfless 'humanist', a generous soul encouraging raw talent without any concern for personal gain. Spare is revealed as a life-long instructor on art, a natural mentor who relished nurturing the creative potential of others. Not a recluse, but part of a like-minded group that included Frank Brangwyn, Walter E. Spradbery and Haydn Mackey, who all remained in contact long after WWI. To complement these new insights, we reproduce a previously unpublished self-portrait by Spare, along with two other stunning late pastel self-portraits. We are also fortunate to be able to reproduce a fine series of unpublished Boro' Satyr studies that Spare dedicated to Walter E. Spradbery. This uniquely insightful book is sure to be indispensable to anyone seeking a greater understanding of Austin Osman Spare, his milieu, and indeed the author.' --Publisher.
Jerusalem Press, 2013. Hardback in slipcase with cards, 171 pages.
Volume and condition. Deluxe Limited Edition, this copy number thirty-nine of fifty. Original quarter orange leather over blue cloth boards titled in green to spine. A fine, unmarred copy in dustwrapper, protected in a tailor made blue cloth slipcase. Internally clean and bright, with the required two signed and numbered illustrated cards laid in at the front. The deluxe edition features one of a set of four different hand-numbered prints (cards) signed by the Sargeant.