Alfred Ray Burrell
American painter, etcher and lithographer Alfred Ray Burrell was born in Oakland, California in 1877. He studied at Mark Hopkins Institute and Partington Art School in San Francisco and in New York City with Chase and DuMond. He returned briefly to California where he studied engineering at UC Berkeley and worked with his father in the contracting and construction business.
Burrell eventually returned to New York where he worked as an illustrator and taught at the Art Students League. He was head of the art department at A.W. Shaw Publishing Company until 1919. He was a member of the faculty at the Hawaiian School of Design in Honolulu for four years before returning to San Francisco where he taught at the CCAC and assisted Frank Van Sloun with commissioned murals. He remained a prominent figure in the art world of San Francisco, contributing as a teacher and exhibiting locally until his death in 1952.