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 Lee Kuan Yew. Working with a gentle palette of watercolours, David Chan breathes gentleness and loss into a moving tribute on paper.

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David Chan, Take Care, 2015

“Mr Lee struck me as regal yet pragmatic, stern yet caring. Amidst a grey era, he was a beacon of clarity. I hope Mr Lee will be remembered as a watchful guardian who groomed the uninvited lion into a noble beast.” — as told to Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

To see more from our exclusive series, click here.