1A Princeton Street, London WC1R 4AX




Unknown Sitter DOS

3rd to 20th July 2013


Virginia Verran, Dallas Seitz, Galen Riley
Damien Meade, Cathy Lomax, Marcus Harvey
Kirsten Glass, David Dipré, Marianne Basualdo

Curated by Covadonga Valdés




This group exhibition combines painting, installation and sculpture to explore various anonymities of the portrait. Playing with ambiguity, these works call into question the meaning of ‘non-identity’ in portraiture that comes about perhaps as the result of a suspicion of its true intention or as a consequence of a disguised or even rootless origin.

Focusing on the tangible and three-dimensional aspects of the portrait as it unfolds towards a disarrangement of its theme, the sitters become subject to question. Habit and recognition fade, at times through the ability of the skill which manipulates or moulds its three dimensional aspect, at other times when the subjects turn inward to perform something imagined, or felt or to view at their own self-reflective narcissism through playful painterly techniques or ghostly installation.

‘The Unknown Sitter DOS’ performs as the disk operating system, excavating body parts to reassemble them as a contemporary portraiture of unflattering and unsentimental figures which participate in the uncanny dislocation of their narratives.



An essay by Alex Veness featured in the on-line anthology
Knowing the Unknown Sitter

accompanies the exhibition.

New prints exclusive to
'Back Shop Edition'
by Paul Housle



Opening times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11-6pm or by appointment
‘Unknown Sitter’ first exhibition took place in March-April 2013 thanks to the support of the Lion and Lamb Gallery.


Catalogue (pdf)

Colour list (pdf)

FAD Review