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Lot 61: LYE YAU FATT (B. Kedah, 1950) Fortune Greetings
October 23, 2016
2, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLive Auction
Description: LYE YAU FATT (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 Etching 20 x 22 cm
Condition Report: Signed and stamped with artist’s seal on lower right Inscribed “51/100 Fortune Greeting” in pencil on lower edge of paper
Notes: 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 dry brush watercolours of homely scenes featuring shophouses or dry brush, artist Lye back lanes 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 dry brush 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 dry brush Fatt took a printmaking workshop in the US. Known for his intricate mezzotint prints, he produced prints on his custom-made etching press.
Provenance: Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Dimensions: 20 x 22 cm
Artist or Maker: LYE YAU FATT