LYE YAU FATT
B. Kedah, 1950
Bird Cage and a Jar, 2016
Signed and dated on lower left
Signed and inscribed “LYE YAU FATT 2016” on the reverse
Mixed media on canvas
75 x 95.5 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Artist Lye Yau Fatt has a proclivity for looking for themes and substance for his art pieces in regular objects. This is clearly demonstrated by this still-life piece, as he exquisitely paints a birdcage in a nondescript setting, along with a traditional pot, a wooden door and flowers on the right.
The entire event captured at sundown in homely colours show his love for the ordinary and simple. The unfussiness that is his theme contradicts the intricacy of his techniques in this piece, making this truly something that reminds you of home – simple yet lovely.
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.