Last week, Horace Panter, bassist of the iconic British ska band The Specials showcased his art for the second time in the capital at London’s Strand Gallery. The art exhibition was a chance for Horace to show off his talents as an artist. The event was sponsored by Sheaffer, the pen people.

The unlikely collaboration developed after one of Sheaffer’s executives saw Horace’s work in a Birmingham gallery and contacted him with a view to helping the brand celebrate their 100th anniversary. In all senses, the opening was a celebration with about 400 people in attendance.

Amongst guests were Horace’s musical friends including Pete Williams (Dexys Midnight Runners), Mick Jones (The Clash), Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers) and Mark Bedford (Madness). Legendary rock writer, Charles Shaar Murray and regarded music journalist, Garth Cartwright also attended.

The week long exhibition showcased the breadth of his work across the two floors of the gallery, from the Blues series to his robots and portraits, based on traditional iconography but fused with a Pop Art sensibility. Alongside this was a piece commissioned by Sheaffer, a triptych which Horace says is ‘a painting about writing about painting’.


With a degree in fine art, we’re sure to be presented with future art work and exhibitions from Horace Panter.