Coast of Hawaii, circa 1920’s
Alfred Ray Burrell, (1877-1952)
Oil on Board
12″ x 14″
Etcher, painter, lithographer. Born in Oakland, CA on March 4, 1877.
Burrell studied in San Francisco at the Partington Art School and Mark Hopkins Institute (1898), and in NYC with Chase and DuMond. Upon his return he studied engineering at UC Berkeley and worked for ten years with his father in the contracting and heavy construction business. Yielding to the desire to work as an artist, he then returned to NYC where he worked as an illustrator, taught at the ASL, and was head of the art department at A. W. Shaw Publishing Company until 1919. Burrell then spent four years as a member of the faculty at the Hawaiian School of Design in Honolulu. Returning to San Francisco, he continued teaching at the CCAC and assisted Frank Van Sloun in painting the murals in the Bohemian Club and in the rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts (1936). He and his wife, Mary Passmore Burrell, lived in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights at 2961 Clay Street. Burrell was prominent in the art world of San Francisco, contributing greatly as a teacher and exhibiting locally until his death on March 9, 1952. Using a low-keyed palette and controlled, short strokes, he painted many landscapes and scenes in and around the San Francisco Bay area. The local atmospheric changes and light variations suited his Impressionist style. Member: SFAA; Bohemian Club; Calif. Society of Etchers; Club Beaux Arts (SF). Exh: SFAA annuals from 1924; Berkeley League of FA, 1924; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Calif. Society of Etchers, 1931 (prize); Honolulu PM, 1935 (prize); SFMA, 1935; GGIE, 1939. In: Library of Congress; Bohemian Club; CSL; NY Public Library; Herron Art Institute (Indianapolis). AAA 1919; CSL; WWAA 1936-41; SF Chronicle, 3-17-1940; SF Examine 3-11-1952 (obit):