Martha Townsend was born in Ottawa (Canada) in 1956. She currently lives and works in Montréal.

Having received her degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1978, and after having lived in the USA for 11 years, Townsend settled in Montréal where she taught at Concordia University until 1991. Having lived in New York for several years, she now lives in Montréal.

Her works are featured throughout Canada and Europe. She participated in the “Diagonales Montréal” event, a collective exhibition organized by the magazine Parachute and distributed by the CIAC during the Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1992. She presented, among other works, an enormous striated pine spherical carving entitled Orbe.

Through her sculptures and drawings, Townsend addresses shapes: spheres, cubes, holes and lines invade her universe of minimalist esthetics. What characterizes her works is an impressive material presence – most often impressive by their size, but mostly by the density of the materials she uses and by the poetry that emanates from their form. Such is the quality of Like Nothing, a drawing in which a form filled with graphite floats on a white background, leaving the spectator free to imagine the object created – fauna, flora, figurative or abstract – a symbolic representation, a philosophical metaphor….

Martha Townsend is represented by the Galerie Roger Bellemare in Montréal 

Martha Townsend

Like Nothing

Graphite on Arches paper
18 cm x 26 cm
$ 800 (framed)