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.

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, organic forms, and remnants. The mapping of memory, time, and place, within and without the body.


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 rancho in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, and 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 Manhattan, New York City, NY; Menlo Park Mall, Edison, New Jersey; 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; 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; 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, Fort Collins, and Boulder, CO.

Karri Allrich’s work is in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, England, and Japan.

Selected abstract paintings by Karri Allrich are featured in the upcoming David Tennant film, Bad Samaritan (2018), and the 2017 season of the television series, Grimm.

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

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

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


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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