Painting is an act of discovery, an exploration beyond words, involving the whole body- heart and muscle and bone. An alchemy of motion, memory, and spirit.
The act of mark making is a form of access. A way for me to explore the interconnectivity of skill and chance, control and surrender, perception and nature- using the lush and beautiful language of paint.
Recurring themes and subject matter in my work include the transformative elements of water and stone, spirit-of-place, tracks and remnants, the passage of time, mapmaking, and renewal.
Diverse influences in painting and process include the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, Perle Fine, and Gerhard Richter.
Born in Connecticut, Karri Allrich is a 1976 graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., where she studied painting and photography with William Christenberry, Mary Beth Edelson, and Gene Davis. Post art school she has lived and painted in Northwest Connecticut; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Northern Colorado; Southern California; Ojo Caliente, New Mexico; and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Commissions and Collections
On public view at
Pacific Centre, Vancouver B.C.
Yorkdale, Toronto, Canada
Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada
The Grove, Los Angeles, CA
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA
Valley Fair, San Jose, CA
The Village at Corte Madera, CA
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT
Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ
Downtown Portland, OR
Town of Mashpee Human Services, Mashpee, MA
Selected Exhibits 1990-2016
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, New Artists Show, and Fall Show, Portland, OR
One Woman Shows- Addison Art, Orleans, MA
Holiday Show- Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Group Show- Merrill Gallery, Denver, CO
Thies/Allrich/Allrich- Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO
Invitational Landscape Show- Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY
One Woman Shows- Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
Northern Colorado National Juried Exhibition at Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO
Myth and Memories- Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
Art in the Garden- Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
Copley Artists Summer Show- Copley Society, Boston