A Clever Painted Ode to Vintage Americana Signs by Alison Nastasi
English artist Horace Panter, whose name you probably recognize as the bassist from band The Specials, honors the kitsch and quirk across the pond in his paintings. Panter’s bold signs, restaurants, storefronts, and desertscapes, which we spotted on Jealous Curator, are painted with a realistic eye and the humor of a punk(ass). Panter makes the ordinary extraordinary by simply shining a spotlight on the weird and wonderful one might find on a road trip across Route 66. It’s not hard to see the influence of some of his favorite artists: “Peter Blake; for his draughtsmanship and his use of colour, Andy Warhol; for his attitude and his Pop Art mantra of ‘elevating the mundane’ and Kurt Schwitters; for his inclusion of anything in his collages.” The paintings are devoid of people, but we can imagine the clientele of an establishment like Circus Liquor, Hot Dog Stick, and the Reno Royal. Take a trip through Panter’s American landscape in our gallery.