Horace Panter

It was an absolute delight to be welcome Horace Panter to Chinwag to chat about life, music and art.

As Sir Horace Gentleman, he toured the world and was part of one of our greatest and best loved musical exports, The Specials, a band whose cultural impact was, without question, deeply profound to a generation. That the band are still playing big sell out shows is testament to how much they mean to so many.

Although much of his career has been defined by music, Horace is also a renowned artist, exhibiting internationally. He graduated in Fine Art in 1975 from what is now Coventry University, (where he first met Jerry Dammers and the concept of the punk/ska band materialised) and now creates work inspired by a diverse range of styles including the Pop Art paraphernalia of artists such as Peter Black, Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana to the depictions of light in paintings by Edward Hopper and David Hockney.

It was an absolute joy to share Horace’s thoughts about his creativity, his painting and, of course, The Specials.