Lot 26 | Auction XXIV

LOT 26

B. Kedah, 1950

Feeding Birds, 1982

Signed on lower left

Mixed media on paper

56 x 38 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 6,000 – RM 10,000


Being mentored by Cheong Soo Pieng, Lye Yau Fatt admitted to being very inspired by Cheong’s idea and compositions of art but despite all that, he often produced artworks that were full on the Malaysian theme and lifestyle.

“What attracted and inspired me the most about Cheong Soo Pieng’s techniques were the colour combination used by him and how he explained and described it through his art. He was a very good teacher and he though me a lot about art, I learned so much from him just by talking to him,” said Lye Yau Fatt. He spent a lot of time with Cheong learning the techniques of watercolour painting and other forms of painting style before Cheong died in 1983 due to heart failure.

Lye Yau Fatt was born in Kedah in 1950, he studied printmaking in New York. He held his first solo exhibition in 1979 at the Sum Art Gallery and has then gone on to win the Open Art Sculpture Award, the Malaysian Watercolour Society Award in 1987 and the PNB Watercolour Landscape Award.