Green Townshend, <i>Flowerfall</i>, 2013, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>The Baffled King Composing Hallelujah (Portrait of Adam Brown)</i>, 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>That Night I Dreamt of a Dragon</i>, 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>I Love You Too (Interior)</i>, 2015, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>I Love You Too (Interior)</i> (detail), 2015, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>La Dispute</i>, 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>The Woolf Within (Portrait of Virginia Woolf)</i> (detail), 2015, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>The Woolf Within (Portrait of Virginia Woolf)</i> (detail), 2015, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>With You (Portrait of Mark Colle)</i>, 2015, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>With You (Portrait of Mark Colle)</i> (detail), 2015, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>Things We Both Know (Portrait of Katherine Mansfield)</i>, 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>Things We Both Know (Portrait of Katherine Mansfield)</i> (detail), 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>Things We Both Know II</i>, 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>Things We Both Know II</i> (detail), 2014, charcoal on paper. Greer Townshend, <i>That We Should Stay Together Always</i>, 2014, charcoal on paper.

With You
Greer Townshend
18th March - 4th April

Underpinned by ideas of fragility and the self, 'With You' brings together recent works by Greer Townshend. Using expressive mark making, absence and recurring motifs, Townshend's charcoal works explore notions of the soul, personal history and their means of expression.

"I think the soul is a shape-shifter, a gatherer of memories, a deliverer of dreams. A quiet truth. It is our mystery spelt out in four letters. I believe it is what drives the curious pull we sometimes have towards each other.

I find flowers exceptionally beautiful – unsurprising given their intent to seduce. To me, they are the ideal motif to allude to the soul, to one’s history, to evoke a feeling. Their delicate, ephemeral nature aligns with ours and their history is equally as enticing.

The basic, natural element of working with charcoal aids my wish for my paper to be a space where I prune and prune everything back, for each drawing to be a kind of Haiku. In this vein, the work is also influenced by the Japanese concept of ‘ma,’ meaning emptiness or the essential interval between things."





Greer Townshend | With You teaser video