Raymond Parker, a New York School Abstract Expressionist, was a colorist influenced by Cubism in his early work. He later sought to improvise in paint as he did in his playing as a jazz musician.
Parker was born in South Dakota in 1922. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1948 from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Before moving to New York in 1955, he taught in Iowa, Minnesota and Tennessee. He later was a guest critic at Columbia University and Bennington College, as well as teaching at Hunter College.
He died in 1990.
Raymond Parker's work is in the collections of the Los Angeles Museum of Art; Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Source: Michael David Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"