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Iconic album artwork on display at Buy Art Fair

London Calling artists added to line-up

Published on October 19th 2010.

Iconic album artwork on display at Buy Art Fair

The conceptual artwork for The Clash’s London Calling album cover will be on display at the Buy Art Fair.

Buy Art Fair, which takes place at Spinningfields in Manchester between Thursday, October 28 and Sunday, October 31, will feature the original sketchbook of designs by artist Ray Lowry, courtesy of See Gallery in Lancashire.

Visitors will also be able to view four previously unseen pieces of art taken from Lowry’s 1979 American tour sketchbook that will be on sale. There will also be three original drawings used to illustrate a book by The Clash’s tour manager, Johnny Green; A Riot of Our Own, as well as original cartoons.

John Dare, director of Buy Art Fair, said: “We are huge fans of both The Clash and Ray’s work so this is a massive coup to have See Gallery exhibiting here, bringing along the original London Calling artwork that became such an iconic album cover.”

Ray Lowry was born in Cadishead, Salford, and became a well-respected cartoonist and satirist, contributing to The Guardian, Private Eye and Punch. He died in 2008 during the middle of an exhibition of his work with See Gallery.

After his death, See Gallery organised an exhibition featuring artwork inspired by London Calling from artists and creatives including Tracey Emin, Billy Childish, Kevin Cummins, Nick Hornby, Harry Hill, Liam Spencer, Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.

<>This exhibition was such a success in both London and Lancashire that it is now being shipped to Tokyo.

Now in its third year, Buy Art Fair will feature 60 galleries from across the UK and 300 artists’ work. The fair has become the largest art show in the North of England. Other galleries exhibiting include Eyestorm; Wendy J Levy; Olivia Connelly; Art Republic, Jealous Gallery; Chagan Gallery; Axolotl Gallery and Tom Lewis.

Running alongside Buy Art Fair is The Manchester Contemporary, which will feature, among others, Emin International, bringing limited edition prints and merchandise by Tracey Emin.

The Buy Art Fair is sponsored by Bluefin Insurance Services in conjunction with AXA Art Insurance.

Visit the website, www.buyartfair.co.uk, for full details and to register for free tickets.

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