Pat Lipsky (b. 1941) grew up in New York City. She graduated with a BFA from Cornell University in 1963, and received an MFA from the Graduate Program in Painting at Manhattan's Hunter College where she studied with the painter and sculptor Tony Smith. Lipsky had her first one-woman show in New York, at the Andre Emmerich Gallery. Her work at the time was strongly in the mode of "Lyrical Abstraction." The 1969 canvas Spiked Red (Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bienstock, New York) demonstrates Lipsky's then-approach: close hues, bright color waves and bursts. In The New York Times, the critic Hiltin Kramer found that the painter's work looked both to the aesthetic past and future: "Miss Lipsky reintroduces the drip, splatter and smear of abstract expressionism for notable anti-expressionist purposes...She also demonstrates a very clear identity of her own. Her pictures are very handsome, and it will be interesting to see how she develops what is already a bold pictorial intelligence."