A Month of Sundays is proud to announce the launch of ‘Nostalgia (Ain’t What It Used To Be)’, a new exhibition from Horace Panter and his first in Sheffield, in September 2014.
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 met Jerry Dammers and together they formed The Specials, a band that went on to become one of the most defining British bands of the 1980s. He travelled the world (and its art galleries) as a musician and then, from 1998-2008, was the ‘Head of Art’ in a secondary school. It was in 2008, when The Specials reformed, that he found he had the time to explore his own art practice.
Combining a pop-art sensibility with religious iconography, Horace’s work explores and subverts ideas of art as propaganda and the object as idol. His aim in creating contemporary iconography is to question the narrative of the icon by reproducing and questioning its status, by making the invisible, visible. He uses bright, bold colour to produce paintings that act as a visual narrative of memories, people and places; paying tribute to his favourite musicians and elevating the mundane and everyday into something evocative and iconic. The humble cassette tape becomes a focal point for a series of paintings, with each tape imbued with the historical context and meaning it contains for those who made it, produced it and listened to it. Horace is looking forward to bringing his artwork to the gallery and to a new audience;
"I have to thank the highly efficient and very friendly McKee Organisation (PLC) for giving me the opportunity to show my work to the good people of Sheffield... can't wait!"
This exhibition will display work from his ‘Cassettes’, ’Icons’ and ’Americana’ series. From reflective, poignant pieces, such as his portrait of Amy Winehouse, to colourful collages celebrating musical icons and eras, each work can be seen to represent a part of his kaleidoscopic and colourful sense of the world.
Pete McKee is delighted to welcome Horace to A Month of Sundays.
“To Have Horace Panter, one of my heroes, exhibit at my gallery is a massive honour. His culturally astute paintings have a great resonance with anyone who, like me, was brought up to love music.”
The exhibition will run from 27th September - 18th October. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and entry is free.