LYE YAU FATT
(B. Kedah, 1950)
Signed on lower left
Acrylic on canvas
69.5 x 90.5 cm
Private Collection, Penang
Acquired directly from the artist
SOLD – RM 8,400
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 pot of plant in a nondescript setting, along with a domestic shorthair cat resting on the right.
The entire event captured at sundown in homely colours show his love for the ordinary and simple, from the resting cat to the flowers rooted in an old margarine can – this is a typical folk practice, ersatz flowerpots from old, used food cans. 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.