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).
Selected Commissions and Collections
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
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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