Lot 61 | Auction XXIII

LOT 61

B. Kedah, 1950

Fortune Greetings

Signed and stamped with artist’s seal on lower right
Inscribed “51/100 Fortune Greeting” in pencil on lower edge of paper


20 x 22 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,000 – RM 2,200

This painting is very straightforward, it is a depiction of a still life image done with Orientalist techniques, and is beautiful on its own.

Taking a different turn from his usual drybrush watercolours of homely scenes featuring shophouses or backlanes, artist Lye Yau Fatt creates a simple masterpiece. Despite the simplicity of the subject matter, all the colours and shapes work harmoniously together, unified and pleasing to the eye.

The self-taught 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. It was in 1986 that Lye Yau Fatt took a printmaking workshop in the US. Known for his intricate mezzotint prints, he produced prints on his custom-made etching press.