About the Artist


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.

Mark making is for me a form of access, a means to explore the intersection of perception and imagination, where skill and surrender meet, using the lush and beautiful language of paint.

Recurring themes and subjects in my abstract work are rooted in the body and the natural world. I am inspired by the transformative elements of water, time, and weather- the mapping of memory, dreams, and place, within and without the body.

Karri McLean Allrich, Austin, Texas



Mid-century born in the heart of New England, artist Karri McLean Allrich is a 1976 graduate of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., where she studied painting and photography with artists William Christenberry, Mary Beth Edelson, and Gene Davis.

Post art school she has crisscrossed the country, living and working on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in coastal California, the front range in northern Colorado, the Berkshire foothills in northwest Connecticut, Portland, Oregon, and the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, with artist and writer Steve Allrich.


Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, England, and Japan. She has participated in numerous one-woman gallery shows, group exhibits, and juried exhibitions throughout her career, in Boston and Cape Cod, MA; New York, NY; Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder, CO.

For the last six years Karri has been commissioned by Nordstrom to create multiple large abstract works, on view at Manhattan Mens Store, NYC; Menlo Park Mall, Edison, New Jersey; Burlington Mall, Burlington, Massachusetts; Westfarms, Farmington, Connecticut; in California at Nordstrom Century City, and The Grove, Los Angeles; University Towne Center in San Diego; Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance; The Village at Corte Madera; and Nordstrom Valley Fair in San Jose. Also at Nordstrom Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas; Palm Gardens, Palm Beach, Florida; Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, Georgia; Towson Town Center, Towson, Maryland;  Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL; Bellevue, Washington; and Downtown Portland, Oregon. In Canada, Karri’s work is on view at Nordstrom Yorkdale, and Eaton Centre, Toronto; and the Pacific Centre, in Vancouver, BC.

Ms. Allrich has also shown work with ARTERRA, Bellevue, WA; The Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA; and the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR. Her artwork was featured in the David Tennant film, Bad Samaritan (2018), and the final season of the television series, Grimm (2017).


Abstract paintings by artist Karri McLean Allrich, in black and white abstract expressionism.
Commission for private collector, Toronto, Canada, 2018.


Selected Commissions and Collections

Nordstrom, Inc.

   On public view at

Pacific Centre, Vancouver B.C.

Yorkdale, Toronto, Canada

Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada

       Manhattan’s Flagship Nordstrom Mens Store NYC, NY (opening April 2018)

The Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA

University Towne Center, San Diego, CA

Valley Fair, San Jose, CA

The Village at Corte Madera, CA

Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, GA

Towson Town Center, Towson, MD

        Palm Gardens, Palm Beach, FL

Stonebriar Centre, Frisco, TX

Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Burlington Mall, Burlington, MA

Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT

Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ

Bellevue, Washington

Nordstrom Downtown Portland, Portland OR


Town of Mashpee, Human Services, Cape Cod, MA

Roger and Sally Horchow, Dallas, TX


Arterra, Bellevue WA 2017

Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, New Artists Show and Fall Show, Portland, OR 2016

Arterra, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA 2016, 2017

Addison Holmes Fine Art Gallery/Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA, Solo and Group Shows 1999, 2000, 2001

Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, Solo Show 1996, 1997, 1998

SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO 1998, 1999

Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY, “Mainely Maine” 1997

SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO, “Myth and the Magic of Light” 1997

Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, Holiday Group Show 1996, 1997

Merrill Gallery, Denver, CO, Group Show 1996

NCAA National Juried Exhibition at Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO 1996

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA, “Myth and Memories” 1994

Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA, “Art in the Garden” 1993, 1994

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA, Group Show 1993

Copley Society, Boston, MA 1993, 1994

Cummaquid Fine Arts, Cummaquid, MA, “Nudes By Invitation” 1993

CCAA, Barnstable, MA, All New England Exhibit 1992, 1993

Richard’s Gallery, Solo Show, Hyannis, MA 1982

Sailor’s Valentine Gallery, Solo Show, Nantucket, MA 1981


Cape Cod Life Magazine, Arts Issue 2001

Cape Women Magazine 2001

Pops By The Sea Artist, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod 1993

The Review Magazine 1983

House Beautiful 1980


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