Untitled Composition, 1965
22" x 24"
Framed: 30.5" x 32.5"
Painting, acrylic on canvas
Signed and inscribed on verso
Raymond Parker was, however, determined not to confine his approach to a single procedure. His oeuvre was enriched in 1964 by the structural diversity compositions produced almost simultaneously, according priority either to free expression or to a wholly empirical attempt at systematization in "checkered" works with three rows of three squares separated by minimal intervals of bare canvas (exhibited at the Kootz Gallery, New York, in November 1965), serving once again as a pretext to explore color and texture.

Claudine Humblet
The New American Abstraction

About the Artist
(1922 - 1990)
Originally from South Dakota, Ray Parker entered the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1940; he earned his MFA in 1948. From 1948 to 1951 he taught painting at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During the 1940s his paintings were heavily influenced by cubism. In the early 1950s, however, Parker became associated with the leading Abstract Expressionists of the day, including Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Parker soon began to simplify and refine his works realizing that through abstraction, and color his paintings could convey and express emotion.Like Piet Mondrian, Stuart Davis and Jackson Pollock, Parker was a fan of jazz music; and his interest in jazz, combined with his interest in abstract expressionism, led to his improvised painting style.