Born in Croydon in 1953, Horace Panter graduated from Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) with a BA in Fine Art in 1972. Whilst there, he met Jerry Dammers and, together with Lynval Golding, he founded ‘The Specials’. Although better known as a musician, Horace has always kept up with his art practice, gradually moving away from the ethos of ‘art language’ to return to painting, influenced by the artists he had first encountered as a child of the 60s: Warhol, Lichenstein, Rauschenburg, Hopper, Blake, Rousseau.
Pop Culture informs both his audio and his visual aesthetic, hence his giant ‘cassette’ paintings. The emphasis is on the cassette itself as an icon in terms of its place in musical and cultural history. Each one represents a band/song, which has stood the test of time and become a classic in the pop genre, and the recording studio in which it was produced.