Raymond Spillenger

Raymond Spillenger is an American painter and abstract artist. He was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York. From his early days, he was attracted to the art world and even won  awards at school level competition.

After returning from his Air Corps Mission in 1945, he joined Pratt Institute. Later, after completing his graduation, he joined Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1948 and got much closer to the art scene, artwork, and other artists.

In his earlier days, he was mostly occupied with figurative artwork. Raymond returned to New York City in 1950. After coming back home, he began experimenting with abstract painting rather than figurative artwork. He became a member of the modern artists’ go-to destination ‘The Club’ and ‘Cedar Tavern’ unofficially. His works were highly appreciated by the other artists. Pat Passlof, one of his closest peers from Black Mountain College named Raymond as one of the most brilliant and unknown painters of his generation. He was indeed one of the most under-recognized abstract expressionists of his times.

During the 1950’s – 1960’s, Raymond painted mainly vibrantly colored paintings…His paintings had an individuality yet also contained the influences of his closest peers, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Arshile Gorky.

After his death in 2013, his sons Paul and Clyde found a huge collection of artworks in the apartment where they used to live. According to his son Clyde, as a quiet and reserved individual, Raymond was always unwilling to self-promote himself. With this new found collection, an exhibition was arranged in Black Mountain College in early 2016.

His work continues to draw the attention and appreciation of aficionados around the world.