Alfred Henry O'Keefe (1858-1941) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Born in Victoria in 1858, Alfred O'Keeffe moved to New Zealand with his family in 1862, and settled in Dunedin.

He studied at Middle District Scho0ol and then Dunedin School of Art, where he was taught by L. W. Wilson. He joined his father in the family hotel business before going to Paris in 1894 where he bcame a student of C. F. Goldie, and studied under Bougereau and Constant.

He returned to New Zealand in 1895 where he taught art, privately at first, and then with the Dunedin School of Art. Best known for his flower studies and vivid portraits, he exhibited with the Otago Art Society.

In the eaely 1920s he set up a barn studio with painter Mabel Hill.

O'Keeffe died in 1941. His work is represented in all major New Zealand galleries, and the Turnbull and Hocken libraries. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

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Portrait Study of Old Man Reading by Lamp Light
Oil, 88 x 67.5 cm
Summer International Art Auction, Dunbar Sloane, Wellington.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings2314A$26,764 N/A
Works on Paper21A$2,494 N/A

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