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 for me a form of access, a way to explore the intersection of skill and the unconscious, control and surrender, perception and imagination, using the lush and beautiful language of paint.
Recurring themes and subjects in my abstract work are intersectional, rooted in the body and the natural world. I am inspired by the transformative elements of water. And weather. Music. Evidential tracks, and remnants. The mapping of memory, time, and place, within and without the body.
Diverse influences in painting and process include the lyrical brushwork of Joan Mitchell, the painterly expressionism of Willem de Kooning, and the abstract palette knife and squeegee work of Gerhard Richter.
Born in 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 lived and painted on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire foothills of northwest Connecticut, the Front Range in northern Colorado, a trio of beach towns in Southern California, a coyote soundtracked rancho in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, and rain abundant Portland, Oregon. She currently shares a live-work loft with artist and writer Steve Allrich in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
For the last five years Karri has been commissioned by Nordstrom to create multiple large abstract works, on public view in California at Nordstrom, 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 Westfarms, Farmington, Connecticut; Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL; Downtown Portland, Oregon; and at Menlo Park Mall, Edison, New Jersey. 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; and the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR.
She has participated in numerous one-woman shows, group exhibits, and juried exhibitions throughout her career, in Boston and Cape Cod, MA; New York, NY; Denver, and Boulder, CO.
Karri Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, Japan, and England, and has recently been featured in the David Tennant film Bad Samaritan, and the 2017 season of the television series Grimm.
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
University Towne Center, San Diego, 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
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
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
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