Lot 52 | Auction XV

LOT 52

(B. Kedah, 1950)

By The River, 1985

Signed and dated “1985” on lower right
Mixed media on paper
74 x 54 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Acquired directly from the artist

SOLD – RM 8,490

Known for his use of warm, earthy tones and deriving inspiration from mundane and monotonous settings in life, he captures the countryside lifestyle.

Various village women can be seen in the midst of nature, by the river, where they quietly go about their daily lives such as washing clothes, gathering water and such. The atmosphere seems serene and quiet, and the viewer can almost hear the distant flow of water and the gentle tone of voice as the ladies exchange words. Viewers almost feel as if they are imposing on the exclusivity of the moment, and the intricacy of the design of this piece makes it seem even more homelier and cozy.

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.