Born in Croydon in 1953, Horace graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Coventry’s ‘Lanchester Polytechnic’ in 1975. It was there that he meet Jerry Dammers and together they formed ‘The Specials’. Much of Horace’s figurative work is based on traditional forms of iconography and Pop art. The According to McGee collection features mainly music-themed pieces: super-size cassettes, super-size Walkmans, portraits/collages of iconic artists/bands and robots in a Pop Art arena style with a reverence inspired by traditional forms of iconography.
“I’m very honoured (chuffed even) to have been invited, as one of only 4 artists this year, to exhibit at the prestigious York gallery ‘According to McGee’. It’s one of those little galleries with big ripples. It’ll be mainly my music-themed pieces: supersize cassettes, supersize Walkmans, portraits/collages of iconic artists/bands and robots! I work in the Pop Art arena but I like to think that all my pieces have a reverence inspired by traditional forms of iconography. At the end of the day, I think they’re all religious paintings.”
‘Icons and Iconoclasm’ was a solo show, from Horace Panter, bassist and co-founder of ska legends, ‘The Specials.’ It showcased the latest work from an internationally well regarded pop artist at the peak of his game.