Portland Francis is a manifestation of the invisible rituals and elusive tribes of the art world. He, like the secret alchemy of the studio or the councils of the gallery back room, is hidden from plain sight. He embraces the anonymity of the artist. Francis is a collaboration of the willing and unwilling; a silent observer, situated in many places at once. His many personalities have been involved in the international art world for years – a world akin to a secret society, where deities come and go and tribalism sees conflicting movements emerge. The work of Portland Francis exists in many times, traversing a variety of eccentric histories. Through him a new tribe in contemporary art is now born.