Friday, 29 April 2016

Horace Panter Donates Pop Art Print To Raise Funds For Beating Bowel Cancer

I was delighted to receive a screen print of The Kiss from Horace Panter's Pop Art collection to sell to raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer. I had contacted Horace's wife Clare a few weeks ago to discuss the possibility of some kind of fundraising item. I never thought that they would be so generous to send me one of these limited edition prints. Suffice to say that the whole amount from the selling price will be donated to Beating Bowel Cancer.

The 8 colour silk-screen print comes on Colourset White 250gsm paper and measures 36cm x 40cm (14"x16") It is signed and numbered by Horace from a limited edition of 100. The print is for sale on my website.

I photographed Horace back in 2014 for the Lives & Times fundraising book, which has so far raised over £1300 for Beating Bowel Cancer. Horace and Clare have been incredibly supportive of the book and on each occasion I have asked for help they have come through. This latest generous donation of a piece of art is absolutely fantastic and I am truly ever so thankful.

Having met Horace and seeing his work close up I was so impressed that I ordered my own special print from his Cassette Editions. In the above example Horace recreated a blank tape I had from the 1980s and this takes pride of place in my living room.

Born in Croydon in 1953, Horace Panter 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, 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.

Panter’s first solo exhibition was in 2009 at London’s Strand Gallery and he has since exhibited throughout the UK, including at the AAF London, The London Art Fair, and The London Print Fair at The Royal Academy. His work has also been exhibited at AAF Singapore and Best of British Singapore.  In 2014 he has had solo exhibitions at Reuben Colley Fine Arts (Birmingham), Mandarin Gallery (Singapore - Fred Perry collaboration) and Icon Gallery (Singapore), According to McGee (York), Artists Gallery (Aberdeen), A Month of Sundays (Sheffield), and The White Room (Leamington Spa).

His work has been collected by Cerys Matthews, Nile Rogers, Richard Hawley, Graham Coxon, Tim Armstrong, rock writers Charles Shaar Murray and Garth Cartwright and Hollywood directors David Finkel and Donick Cary.

Whilst not travelling the world as bass player with The Specials, Horace Panter lives and works in the Midlands, UK.

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