About the Artwork

Secret Affair (Silver) is one of seven keyhole-shaped portals forged from stainless steel and finished in different colours. The work invites viewers to pass through it, and responds to its environment by creating a free-standing doorway or ‘frame’ in space, and by literally reflecting – through its mirrored silver coating – the area in which it stands. In certain lights the keyhole blends into its environment and channels viewers’ attention towards its wider context, whether urban or rural.

Year: 2007

Copyright the artist; Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London Photo: © Nick Turpin


stainless steel


215 x 113 x 8 cm

Artist Biography

Jim Lambie

Lambie’s works traverse an eclectic range of media and styles, deriving inspiration from sources as diverse as Pop Art, rock music and the readymade. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2005.