- Ray Parker (painter)
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name = Ray Parker
birthdate = 1922
deathdate = 1990
nationality = American
Abstract expressionist, Painting
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Raymond Parker was born in 1922 and he died in 1990. He was known as an
Abstract expressionist, painter who also is associated with Color Field paintingand Lyrical Abstraction. Ray Parker was an influential art teacher and an important Color Field painter [ [http://www.sharecom.ca/greenberg/ppacatalog.html Post-Painterly Abstraction artist bios retrieved online July 21, 2008] ] and an instrumental figure in the movement coined by Clement Greenbergcalled Post-Painterly Abstraction. [ [http://www.sharecom.ca/greenberg/ppaessay.html Greenberg essay, retrieved online July 21, 2008] ]
South Dakota, Ray Parker entered the University of Iowain Iowa Cityin 1940; he earned his MFA in 1948. From 1948 to 1951 he taught painting at the University of Minnesotain 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 Rothkoand 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.
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. Parker was also a great admirer of the painter Henri Matisseand he looked to this artist’s work for inspiration in terms of color and form, especially in his paintings of the 1970s and 1980s. By the late 1950s, he taught at Hunter Collegein New York Cityand he developed a singular style of painting that focused on intense color and simple geometric shapes. He was represented by the Samuel Kootz Gallery, one of the leading contemporary galleries in New York Cityduring the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. At that time the Kootz Gallery represented important living artists such as Pablo Picasso, Pierre Soulages, Hans Hofmann, Zao Wou Kias well as Ray Parker.
He is best known by his work of the late 1950s early 1960s called his "Simple Paintings." These paintings are characterized by discreet cloudlike forms of clear, and intense color set against a white or an off-white background. Parker’s paintings utilizing this method of stacked, clearly colored lozenges and floating forms are straightforward and basically geometric in shape. Ray Parkers works relate to and predict the minimalist and
Color Field paintings of the 1960s, made popular by American artists such as Morris Louis, Friedel Dzubas, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Color Field painting
* [http://www.artnet.com/artist/552885/raymond-parker.html Raymond Parker on artnet, retrieved July 21, 2008]
* [http://www.artnet.com/Galleries/Artists_detail.asp?gid=1108&aid=552885 Raymond Parker at Washburn Gallery artnet, retrieved July 21, 2008]
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