Susan Greenstein: "Painted Travels"

April 20 – May 21, 2017

Susan Greenstein will be appearing in the main gallery. In the Project Space: Acey, Lunsford and Weil.

Brooklyn, NY – 440 Gallery is pleased to present “Painted Travels,” an exhibition of new plein air watercolor paintings by Susan Greenstein. This collection of work comes from Greenstein’s recent travels to Maine down to North Carolina, and is her fourth solo show at the gallery. Greenstein’s scenes rarely center on iconic landmarks found in guidebooks, but are determined by a more personal view. With Greenstein’s approach, the angle of a roofline is seen from the perspective of the street, while architectural details are upstaged by a flowering garden in the foreground.

Greenstein has said that the experience of working on-site and in the moment is essential to her process. “Everything that happens around me becomes part of the work—honking cars, the feeling of the sun and wind, bits and pieces of conversation. All of these external elements differ from place to place yet find a way of weaving themselves into the painting.”

The watercolors of “Painted Travels” marks Greenstein’s return to a familiar genre: the immediacy of on-site renderings as a visual diary of a location. Greenstein’s range of work also includes pastels, sketchbooks constructed as art objects, printmaking and ceramics.

Brooklyn-based Susan Greenstein is a graduate of Pratt Institute and Queens College. She has exhibited extensively in Brooklyn, NY as well as New Hampshire and the Delaware Fine Arts Museum.

“Painted Travels” will run from April 20 through May 21, 2017. The opening reception is Saturday, April 22, 5-8pm and an artist talk will be held on Sunday, April 30 at 4:40pm.

In the Project Space: Point of View

Jo-Ann Acey invites us to view a place—both real and imagined—in this new series “From the Roof.” Working with gouache and ink on paper, Acey captures the rhythm and patterns of the city envisioned from far above the rooftops.


Nancy Lunsford has been working on her triangle series over the past decade. These pieces are based on the hexagon patterns found in folk art, specifically the tumbling box design of Appalachian quilts. Many of the pieces are simply composed of painted or collaged elements; others are assembled from sculptural elements such as found objects or handmade reliefs that are incorporated into the finished design.

Amy Weil’s new work is loosely based on the framework of a grid. Weil creates paintings that are direct expressions of a moment in time or a place, rather than a representation of a specific image.