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 imagination- using the lush and beautiful language of paint.
Recurring themes and subjects in my work are rooted in the natural world, inspired by years of landscape painting, multiple genres of music, and the spontaneous, imperfect captures of iphonegraphy. Recent explorations include the transformative elements of climate change, glacial water and stone, spirit-of-place, evidential tracks and remnants, the rockslide passage of time, mapmaking, and renewal.
Diverse influences in painting and process include the New Mexico work of Georgia O’Keeffe, and the painterly expressionism of Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, Perle Fine, and Gerhard Richter.
Artist 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 the Berkshire foothills in northwest Connecticut; the Front Range in northern Colorado; a trio of beach towns of Southern California; a juniper dotted rancho in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico; the fragile, exquisite headland of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and rain abundant Portland, Oregon. She currently shares a live-work loft with artist and writer Steve Allrich in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, Japan, and England.
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
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, New Artists Show and Fall Show, Portland, OR 2016
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
Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO 1998, 1999
Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY, “Mainely Maine” 1997
Smith Klein 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