Lot 55 | 28 March 2021



LOT 55


B. Kedah, 1950

Dawn at the River, 1985

Signed and dated on lower left

Mixed media on paper

76 x 56 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 9,000 – RM 15,000

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. He was always very much influenced by his mentor, another renowned artist, Cheong Soo Pieng, for his unique manner in combining colours. Lye Yau Fatt often produced artworks highlighting the Malaysian theme and lifestyle.

Deriving inspiration from mundane and monotonous settings in life, he draws on canvas a private moment between family and friends. He never fails to evoke a feeling of familiarity and warmth, and security, in a way. His motifs always revolve around the rustics in a rural setting, with intricate designs running along his canvas, discernible if seen closely. Using warm and vibrant colours, this serene painting depicts two ladies who seem to be in conversation.