The Tao of Clow

How a surfer from West Los Angeles became the art director of his generation and the soul of Chiat/Day

As a hazy sun inches its way down the October sky, Lee Clow gazes out into the vast Pacific Ocean view offered by the deck of his Rancho Palos Verdes home and considers the cult of celebrity. His two dogs, 5-month-old German shepherd Katie—named after Katharine Hepburn—and 6-year-old Australian shepherd Mr. Quigley, sit at his side. Eileen, his wife of 35 years, exercises nearby with a trainer who has her walking the grounds of their Spanish-style home.