This week, in the lead up to our nation’s 50th birthday we bring you an exclusive series of portraits dedicated to our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Struck by the unique identity of Singapore’s cultural background, Abilama was inspired to pay tribute to the man who spent his entire life making his dream of a multicultural nation come true through art.

Laudi Abilama, Father Whispers, pigment and acrylic on paper. 2015

“This photograph was taken in 2013, during one of the last public appearances made by Lee Kuan Yew. The different colours are used to represent the multicultural makeup of Singapore and how his public image sometimes succeeded his personal one.”—as told to Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

To see more from our exclusive series, click here.

Harper’s BAZAAR Art Digital edition is now available on Magzter.