LAM Gallery proudly announces an exhibition of large scale paintings and assorted smaller works by Los Angeles based artist, Sally Bruno. A graduate of Otis College of Art and Design (BFA, 2010), and Claremont Graduate School (MFA, 2014), Bruno is versed in the range of contemporary painting practiceand theory, yet remains – by choice – what might be called a painters’ painter.Bruno’s subject is her process; the primary content of this work is her exuberant yet disciplined love affair with the physicality of pigment, with the powerful planar, volumetric and expressive properties of juicy,sexy, richly colored paint in its own right. Bruno’s paintings loosely suggest interiors drawn from imagination. Her portraits and still-lifes havenothing to do with realism, or dated formalism, and they are anything but still. These paintings are visualand tactile maps of Bruno’s painterly decisions and gestures, and indirectly the artist’s preferred emotionalstate. We track her hand and body calibrating rich, energetic shapes, weaving these into images able to delight our eye and engage our senses viscerally, independent of any familiar things or storylines we mayalso see. Sally Bruno says her work is about the capacity of a colored viscous material to somehow gel into the charm of flower pot, or communicate states as complex as energy or joy – expressing those intangibleswith paint is why she is an artist. With open-hearted whimsy, Bruno unapologetically acknowledges her tiesto long standing art historical traditions of form and beauty -- like the reclining nude, or Matisse and the whole trajectory of abstract expression. The utterly innovative works on view indicate she is an artist who can also smartly re-purpose and move beyond the past.