The Lyrical Abstractionist and Color Field painter Pat Lipsky studied art at Cornell University, where she received her BFA in 1963. After graduating, she returned to her native New York City and continued her studies under Tony Smith at Hunter College's Graduate School of Painting.
Lipsky had her first solo exhibition at the Andre Emmerich Gallery in 1970. The highly acclaimed exhibition launched her career and the critical reviews that followed rightly identified Lipsky as technically impressive and possessing a “bold pictorial intelligence.” Following her exhibition at Andre Emmerich, Lipsky participated in the landmark traveling exhibition Lyrical Abstraction, which was organized in 1970 and culminated at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the spring of 1971.
In the 1980s Lipsky began to confine her exuberant washes of color within a more geometrically precise abstraction. However, she continued to find expression in a bold palette, a characteristic that has defined her art throughout her career. In recent decades Lipsky has continued to refine her personalized abstraction into an ever more controlled expression of color, line, and form showing an affinity for minimalist painters who developed their styles contemporaneously to her own. Lipsky has explained the evolution of her style in a 2007 Artspace interview, stating: “We look at works of art as single large units – but they’re actually composed of hundreds of thousands of individual and tiny units, each one a decision. It’s those units that I’ve been experimenting with throughout my career.”
Since her break-out year in 1970, Lipsky has exhibited almost annually with works in solo and group exhibitions at New York galleries, including Alan Stone, Andre Zarre, Lori Bookstein, and DC Moore, as well as at national museums, including at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Norton Museum of Art. Her paintings are represented in numerous public collections across the country, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Norton Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Butler Institute, the Walker Art Center, and Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, among many others. She was awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2000 and 2008 as well as the Purchase Prize at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Lipsky continues to paint, evolving her style and articulating her artistic point of view out of her New York studio.