Horace Panter reimagines The Beano

The Specials bassist combines classic comics & iconic pop-art

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Horace Panter's reimagining of The Bash Street Kids and Richard Hamilton's 'Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?'

Known best to Subculture readers as the bassist of the seminal 2-Tone band The Specials, Horace panter is also an accomplished painter. Aside from the Specials' new output, his latest project is an exhibition of paintings that mark the 80th anniversary of an often overlooked British institution, The Beano. 

The series of paintings takes familiar characters from the classic comic and reimagines them in the eyes of some iconic pop artists. The Bash Street Kids take up residence in Richard Hamilton's 1957 piece 'Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?', Dennis the Menace and Minnie The Minx become the subject of Andy Warhol prints, and Lord Snooty resembles a contemporary political satire when appropriated into a Roy Lichtenstein. Dennis and Gnasher also take the chance to take a dip in David Hockney's famous pool.

Horace Panter explains: 

“Growing up, The Beano was always around; those characters were an integral part of my childhood. Dennis, Minnie and, my personal favourites, the Bash Street Kids – street smart, irreverent anti-heroes for the under 12s; when punk rock came long it seemed like the Beano set to music! I’d like to think the paintings are funny and irreverent but paying homage to both my favourite artists and to the comic characters. For me, it’s the ultimate labour of love.”

The paintings were created over a period of six months at Horace Panter's Coventry studio. The artworks will be exhibited at Harrogate's Redhouse Originals gallery from 23rd November to 15th December. 

Find out more about the exhibition at redhouseoriginals.com

The Specials will release their new album 'Encore' on 1st February 2019.

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