Lot 60 | Auction XIX

LOT 60

B. Kedah, 1950

Music by the River, 1984

Signed and dated on lower left

Mixed media on paper

74 x 43 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 6,000 – RM 9,000

Known for his use of warm, earthy tones and deriving inspiration from mundane and monotonous settings in life, he draws on paper a private moment between two women as they play the flute.

The women are seated together in the midst of nature, by a river, and viewers can almost imagine the mystifying, melodious tune emitting from the flute. 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 cosy, the pure epitome of serenity.

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.