LYE YAU FATT
B. Kedah, 1950
Signed and dated “2017” on lower left
Oil on canvas
73 x 46 cm
Private Collection, Kedah
RM 4,500 – RM 8,000
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 bouquet of lilies in a vase, along with a traditional teapot and teacup, figurines on the right against a backdrop of subtle colours. The objects are systematically executed, with precision and absolute care for neatness. The intricacy of his techniques in this piece, making this truly something that reminds you of a Nyonya home – simple yet lovely. It brings a nostalgic feeling of antiquity, a Chinese Peranakan culture.
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.