Ray Lowry Foundation
The Ray Lowry Foundation was originally established with the aim of supporting young artists and individual art projects. A fund-raising exhibition and auction was organised in London, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of London Calling, for which Ray designed the cover. Major artists and musicians were invited to contribute an album sized piece of work, reflecting on how London Calling had impacted upon them and their creativity. The exhibition received a lot of positive support and media coverage, and a version of the show toured to Japan
We encountered a few problems realising all of our original objectives, however, a new show in 2014, incorporating work donated by Japanese artists, allowed us to refocus and find a new objective relevant to Ray and the locality in which he lived. We were able to supply PA equipment for musicians benefiting from the services of a local Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation project in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. We hope to continue our support for their art and music projects.
As Britain’s leading rock’n’roll cartoonist, Ray Lowry’s stylish and witty illustrations, satirical drawings and strips enlivened New Musical Express for much of the 1970s and 1980s. But he will also be remembered as a graphic designer, creating the unforgettable artwork for the Clash’s seminal 1979 album London Calling. He also worked regularly for non-music publications, including Private Eye and Punch and his drawings appeared in national newspapers.
He continued to work prolifically until his death but in later years he preferred to paint in oils. Many of the works were urban landscapes of northwest Britain, prompting him to declare, “I am the other Lowry”.
Current Fund Raising
A range of art has been developed incorporating Ray’s designs that will be available for sale on line with a percentage of the sales donated to the foundation. Some of the art from the shows is available for purchase, with all donations going to the Foundation
The foundation is run on a voluntary basis by:-
- Samuel Lowry (Ray’s son)
- Julian Williams
- Jackie Taylor