Internationally acclaimed painter Hau Beiren, also known as Paul Hau, has teamed with fellow painter Susan Chan on a new exhibition, “A Refined Pair,” featuring depictions of lotus and plum blossoms.
The display runs through Jan. 5 at the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center, 3777 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Clara.
Hau, a longtime Los Altos resident, is 103 and still painting, and he never tires of painting the lotus, a flower worshipped in China for centuries.
In early 2014, Hau donated a six-panel lotus project to his hometown Liaoning’s Provincial Museum.
“There was a lotus pond in front of my old house,” Hau told Xinru Xu of the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center. “In summer, when lotus blooms, the fragrance wafted miles away. It’s been lost for 70 years and my dream is vaguely shown on the tip of my brush.”
Hau occasionally remembers his old house in China and paints it “to make comfort to my nostalgia.”
Chan, Hau’s protégé, specializes in splash-color landscapes. Her paintings depict plum blossoms from trees transplanted from Hau’s land to hers. lnspired by Hau, she focused on splash-color plum blossoms for more than a year and developed her own style.
“Lotus and plum blossom – one blooms in summer, while the other in winter,” Xinru Xu wrote. “They don’t overlap. However, in Chinese culture, they are both elegant and noble. They should have been admiring each other for a long time. Therefore, we put them together at this exhibition – ‘A Refined Pair.’”
For more information on the display, visit artshu.com.