Horace Panter Art

From 13 May 2013
To 16 June 2013

To coincide with The Specials UK Tour at the Margate Winter Gardens in May 2013, The Margate Gallery is proud to present the work of Horace Panter. We are delighted to exhibit his work in our front gallery, an entire wall dedicated to the inspirations and musings of The Specials bassist Horace Panter.


Meet the artist

Please join us for a meet and greet with Horace Panter on Saturday 25 May from 12-2pm in the Margate Gallery.

Come along to meet the bassist of The Specials and view his wonderful selection of art prints and merchandise.


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Artist Statement

Born in Croydon in 1953, Horace received what he calls ʻa rudimentary art educationʼ at Coventryʼs Lanchester Polytechnic 1972-5. While there, he met Jerry Dammers and formed The Specials. Travelled the world and its galleries as a professional musician from 1978-1998 at which stage he became Head of Art at a secondary school in Coventry, specialising in teaching young people with autism. His work combines the bright palette of Pop Art with elements of traditional iconography, following the Pop Art mantra of ʻelevating the mundaneʼ by deifying everyday people, objects and places to celebrate a newly found reverence. His interest in music comes to the fore in his veneration of Americaʼs Blues and Jazz. He says: “I didnʼt just want to paint a picture of Muddy Waters; I wanted to somehow describe the music he played and the impact it had on me”. He describes himself as ʻThe Borg … from Star Trekʼ inasmuch as he appropriates and assimilates so many influences into his art: Rothko, Warhol, Blake, Cornell, Rousseau, Noland, Thiebaud – to name a few!

Context: Paintings by Horace Panter

With influences ranging from Pop Art to iconic forms of political propaganda, Horaceʼs ultra-modern images are a head-on collision between the codified, anti-realist  language of iconography and the modern worldʼs jumble of religions, technologies and ideologies. From the paint-box cool of Beijingʼs high streets to the classically-drawn robot of 1950ʼs science fiction, Horace brings together a riot of images through which he asks the viewer to consider who and what is a valid contender for centre stage.

Whilst inspired by such artists as Peter Blake, Mark Rothko, Kenneith Noland and Wayne Thiebaud, Horace is also fascinated by traditional forms of orthodox  iconography. Seeing them as ʻart with a purposeʼ, he acknowledges their functionality as venerated objects while simultaneously recognising their beauty as cultural artifacts. Appropriating the styles and images of traditional iconography, juxtaposed with the naive painterly style of Henri Rousseau and the sculptural images of political propaganda posters, Horace subverts original means and contexts to create paintings laden with ambiguity and playfulness. Questioning the narrative of the  icon, he aims to reproduce it in his own unique style. He says “an icon is ʻwrittenʼ, just like graffiti, where all the rules of perspective and chiaroscuro are thrown out of the window in favour of a different visual hierarchy … hopefully [my icons] achieve a reverence without being pretentious.”

The ʻRobotʼ series of paintings reflect a youthful obsession with the 1950ʼs futuristic fantasy genre and how that particular rendition of the robot has become iconic. His work combines the bright palette of Pop Art with elements of traditional iconography, following the Pop Art mantra of ʻelevating the mundaneʼ by deifying everyday people, objects and places to celebrate a newly found reverence. Meanwhile, his interest in music comes to the fore in his veneration of Americaʼs Blues and Jazz. He says: “I didnʼt just want to paint a picture of Muddy Waters; I wanted to somehow describe the music he played and the impact it had on me”.

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Artworks in exhibition: Please click on the image for both framed and unframed prices.

Red Robot Hero Silk Screen £400 UF, £510 FRobot at the Beach £400 UF, £510 FSilver Robot £300 UF, £410 FBig Robot £375 UF, £470 FBo Diddley £375 UF, £470 FBB King £375 UF, £470 FMiles Davis £375 UF, £470 FCharlie Parker £375 UF, £470 FThe Kiss £195 UF, £270 FThe Specials £500 UF, £610 FFruit Girl at the Beach £350 UF, £460 FFruit Girl at the Beach 2 £350 UF, £460 FPunk Rock Girl £270 UF, £345 F
Subversia £325 UF, £400 F


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