RAY LOWRY/CLASH EXHIBITION

 The Idea Generation Gallery presents Ray Lowry: London Calling 18th June ­ 4th July.   Manchester‹born, Lowry began his career drawing for Punch Magazine, International Times, OZ, NME and Private Eye, generating a cult following for his celebrated illustrations and cartoons. Most famously, Lowry created the unforgettable art work for The Clash¹s seminal 1979 album, London Calling. Followed by many devoted fans, Lowry and his work have been cited as an influence by a broad spectrum of artists from John Squire to Arthur Smith, Keith Allen to Paul Simonon (of The Clash) and Tracey Emin to Humphrey Ocean.      30 prominent artists have created new art works interpreting his famous 1979 album cover for The Clash. In a celebration of Ray¹s work and career invited artists have looked at how Ray and his ideologies have had an influence on their artistic output and also on them personally. All the new works will be exhibited for the first time at Idea Generation Gallery alongside a retrospective of Ray¹s work. The original sketches, designs and ideas for the album cover as well as private sketchbooks, personal letters, previously unseen photographs and paintings will all be on show.   After a world tour, the works will be auctioned with all proceeds going to The Ray Lowry Foundation ­ a supporter of further education for those from less privileged backgrounds.   Interviews are available with the founding members of the Ray Lowry Foundation as well as Kosmo Vinyl (Manager of The Clash) and Johnny Green (Road Manager of The Clash)   
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