Ray Lowry Foundation
The Ray Lowry Foundation has been established in order to fulfill two aims:-
- To provide a scholership to a student studying a course in art to a higher degree level
- To make finacial awards linked to individual art based 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”.
There will be an ongoing programe of events, the first one being:-
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the London Calling album and the life of Ray Lowry there will be a very unique art exhibition staged in the heart of London. Thirty recognised artists from around the world have been invited to take part in this special event.
The artist’s have been asked to produce an album-sized piece of art in their own developed style based on their interpretation of London Calling.
Artists have been encouraged to look at how The Clash and the Punk movement influenced them, their art and society.
The collection will then move to Europe, Russia, America, Australia and the Far East and then returns to London where Christies will auction the work with all proceeds going to the Ray Lowry Foundation.
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.
A set of independently audited accounts will be published on line annually.
The foundation is run on a completley voluntary basis by:-
- Samuel Lowry (Ray’s son)
- Julian Williams
- Jackie Taylor
An independent observer is to be appointed in October.
Contact Julian Williams