Horaces talks with Extra about the Beano 80th Birthday Collection going to Dublin’s EBOW Gallery in September
Dublin marks 80 years of Beano comics with Pop Art inspired exhibition
By Alison Ring
A constant in almost everyone’s childhood, fans of The Beano comics are in for a treat next month as a special exhibition descends on Dublin.
To mark 80 years of the legendary characters, everyone’s favourites from Dennis and Gnasher to Billy The Whizz and The Bash Street Kids will be making an appearance at the EBOW Gallery this September — except this time there’s a twist.
Eight decades of the iconic gang calls for something special, and so Beano bosses enlisted the help of artist and musician Horace Panter to put a unique spin on the original crew.
Panter, who rose to fame as The Specials’ bassist in the 70s, has in recent years turned his hand to art, and has successfully masterminded a re-imagined version of the Beano kids, in Pop Art style.
When approached by Beano HQ to take on the task, the musician admitted he ‘snapped their hand off’ with excitement for the project.
Horace Panter has mananged to re-imagine the Beano kids as Pop Art paintings, and it’s incredibly impressive.
Talking to Extra.ie about the collaboration, Panter explained, ‘Growing up, the BEANO was always around; those characters were an integral part of my childhood.
‘Dennis, Minnie the Minx and, my personal favourites, the Bash Street Kids – street smart, irreverent anti-heroes for the under 12s; when punk rock came along 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. Hope you like them as much as I do. For me, it’s the ultimate labour of love.’
Drawing inspiration from his favourite pop artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, he mused, ‘One evening I had this mad idea, imagine Dennis and Gnasher sitting down for a Warhol portrait?
‘And from there is just snowballed!’
It will run in the EBOW Gallery from September 6 onward, for around four weeks.
It’s fair to say the exhibition has been a roaring success thus far, having toured across the UK and taken pride of place in Beano Studios in London from mid-April of this year.
Irish fans won’t miss out however, with the collection set to land at the EBOW Gallery, on Castle Street in Dublin 8 from September 6 for four weeks.
And what’s more, the prints will be available for purchase, making the perfect gift for the Beano lover in your house.