Published on June 20th, 2017 | by LTWF0
Born in Croydon in 1953 Sir Horace Gentleman Panter met Jerry Dammers while doing an art degree at Coventry University. They, together with Lynval Golding, were the founding members of the iconic British ska band, The Specials, setting out to change the world by making people ‘dance as well as think’. As bass player, Horace continues to tour with The Specials, including this year in the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Although better known as ‘that guy in The Specials who plays bass’, Horace is also a professional artist and since 2008, has exhibited throughout the UK and in Singapore, New York and Los Angeles.
Pop Culture informs both his audio and his visual aesthetic, hence his giant ‘cassette’ paintings, each meticulously researched to give and portray accurate information on its place in musical and cultural history. His ‘Americana’ series: paintings of street signs and diners, relate back to his adolescent years when he was heavily influenced by American cultural exports in terms of art, music and literature. What is left out of the painting is as considered as what is included, making them highly stylized motifs of the American cityscape.
Horace has also worked on a number of professional collaborations with brands, including Fred Perry, Dr Martens, Club Wembley, Sheaffer Inc., Teenage Cancer Trust, Amy Winehouse Foundation, Strummerville, Blues Magazine UK, MUSACK, Stone Foundation and GPO Retro.