October 13, 2016 - December 31, 2016
In recognition of his 100th year, the Los Altos History Museum is honoring long-time Los Altos resident Paul Hau, regarded as one of the most influential Chinese artists.
Hau Beiren (also known as Paul Hau and Pei-Jen Hau), an internationally renown painter, and his wife, Mary Hau, have lived in Los Altos since 1956. His work has been exhibited and collected in the U.S. and abroad. Mary Hau has been his partner and best supporter in life and work during their 70+ years together.
Born, “Hau Beiren,” in Liaoning, China in 1917, Paul Hau moved from Hong Kong to the United States in 1956 and settled in “Old Apricot Villa”, his home in Los Altos. For more than half a century since, it has been the major inspiration for his ground-breaking work uniting Chinese brush painting tradition with the bold and impressionistic art of the West, thus creating his own unique and innovative “splash ink and color” painting style. The Old Apricot Villa is his signature chop (artist’s seal).
His work has been exhibited and collected in the US and internationally including both the Asian Art Museum and Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Jose Museum of Art, National Art Museum of China, Nanjing Museum, Zheijiang Art Museum, Austria Museum of Art and other international venues. The Hou Bei Ren Art Museum in Kunshun, China opened in 2004 to display 200 of his paintings.