Christy Karll


“My drawings, paintings, and three-dimensional artworks emerge primarily from the subconscious mind. I have come to understand that hidden, unconscious thoughts drive my artistic expression.”

Christy Karll is an American artist born in Santa Monica, California and now resides in Houston. She grew up in Dallas and Mexico City before attending the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her BFA from the University of Houston.

Recent exhibitions include Art on Paper New York, (2016), "Journey Through the Trees and Beyond" at the Jung Center Houston, "I Will Become a Mountain Again," Lalit Kala Akademi, The National Academy of Art, New Dehli, India (2015); and "As I Become Who I am Soon To Be," exhibited at the Scope Art Fair, during Art Basel Miami Beach fair week. Karll is a former board member of DiverseWorks and Houston Advisory Council for the Jane Goodall Institute. Her work is in numerous private collections. 

Karll, an avid supporter of animal rights, was profoundly impacted by a chance meeting with Dr. Jane Goodall. Goodalls' pioneering research of the relationship between humans and animals informs both the artists' work and life. Also informing the work is an interest in ancient cultures and philosophies combined with contemporary concerns about the environment. These influences led Karll to an exploration into quantum physics and the interconnectedness of all living things. Working across a variety of media, her work seeks to highlight the fragility of nature, as well as addressing our own vulnerability.

Karll's collectors include American art patron William J. Hill, architects Michael Landrum and Philip Paratore, John and Becca Cason Thrash, and Jane Blaffer Owen, whose family founded the Blaffer Art Museum, and her daughter, Anne Dale Owen.