Mark making is for me a form of access, an ever-challenging practice of process and discovery, using the lush and beautiful language of paint. I am inspired by the New York school of abstract expressionism, rooted in the gestural, dynamic, and spontaneous way of painting. My work is not pre-planned, it is instead explored. This surrender to the materials- the paint, the tools, the surface- becomes a dialogue with the work itself. A call and response. Improvisation. One learns to listen, and react. The painting will always have its way with you. She will take you where she wants to go.
~Karri McLean Allrich
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 painting on both coasts, from Cape Cod to Santa Monica, from the Rockies to the Berkshires, and the Northwest to the Southwest. She is married to artist and screenwriter Steve Allrich. They currently abide in central Texas.
Karri Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, England, and Japan. She has participated in numerous solo gallery shows, group exhibits, invitationals, and juried exhibitions throughout her career. For the last several years Karri has been commissioned by Nordstrom to create multiple abstract works, on view at select stores in the United States and Canada.