London exhibition celebrates William S Burroughs

A new exhibition in the heart of the capital is looking at the work of a leading American writer and painter.

William S Burroughs is regarded as the grandfather of the Beat Generation and is work is influenced a number of contemporary artists. This latest show at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury features many of his drawings, paintings and talismanic art objects.

Visitors staying at central London hotels have until February 16th 2013 to see the show, which highlights both the dark and satirical nature of Burroughs' work.

Entitled All Out of Time and into Space, the exhibition focuses on the artist's obsession with space exploration and his fears about the long-time impact on human life.

Burroughs described himself as an "explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space…To achieve complete freedom from past conditioning is to be in space".

His career and work took a darker turn after he was found guilty of the accidental death of his first wife and he struggled with drug addiction. Many of his works can be regarded as very dark but there is often a comic twist to them.

The October Gallery first held a Burroughs exhibition in 1988 and it was his first on the UK art scene.

This new exhibition has been produced with the help of William Burroughs Communications and close friend James Grauerholz, who also worked as Burroughs' editor and collaborator.

The October Gallery is open from 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and entry to the show is free of charge. Holburn and Russell Square are the nearest London Underground stations and visitors should also consider visiting the nearby British Museum.

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