Painter Susan Chan, second from right, demonstrates the ink-brush and splashed-color techniques made famous by her teacher and mentor Hau Beiren, a Los Altos resident. Chan led the educational event at the Los Altos History Museum last month as part of the exhibition “Hau Beiren at 100,” which has been extended through Dec. 31.
The bilingual exhibition – the first in the museum’s history – explores the work of one of California’s greatest contemporary Chinese painters, the 100-year-old known locally as Paul Hau. He moved to the United States in 1956 and introduced an increasingly abstract style rooted in traditional Chinese landscapes. Hau’s “Old Apricot Villa” home in north Los Altos has been the major inspiration for his work uniting Chinese ink-brush techniques with Western geography and modernist aesthetics. His gallery at 334 State St. has featured his work since 1972.