Alfred Richard Gurrey
“Ala Moana Beach,” 1915
Oil on Canvas
23.5″ x 15.5″
Provenance: This painting appeared in Don R. Severson’s 2002 book, “Finding Paradise: Island Art in Private Collections,” and is perhaps Gurrey’s best-known work.
Alfred Gurrey, Sr. (1852–1944) was an English-born landscape painter who moved to the United States at age 20 and was transferred by his job with the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to Hawaii in 1900. Although Gurrey lacked any formal art training, he was a member of the Pallet Club of San Francisco and was elected to the Kilohana Art League and exhibited in their exhibitions from 1900 – 1907. Many of his paintings depicted ocean scenes due to his love of the ocean and sailing. Mr. Gurrey was one of the early members of the elite Hawaii organization the Outrigger Canoe Club, having been Commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco prior. Florence Bayer, his daughter, hung many of her father’s paintings depicting marine vistas in her Aina Haina home, and in 1996, Walter Bayer donated 30 of his grandfather’s paintings to the Kauai Museum in Lihue.
-Information from The Bayer Estate