Gabe Leonard is an internationally acclaimed California-based artist, best known for his cinematically staged paintings of sharpshooters, gangsters, gamblers, and musicians.
His aesthetic and subject matter have been described as a melding of Johnny Cash and Quentin Tarantino. Original oils, hand-embellished artist proofs, and limited edition giclees on canvas will be available for collection with signing and dedication by the artist.
Gallery Director – Melissa Inez Walker:
“Every year I look forward to this show! Gabe never disappoints. The quality and subject matter of his new work will definitely make you a fan! “
Distinction Gallery is located at 317 E Grand Ave Suite A, Escondido, CA
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Second Saturday Receptions: 6 pm – 10 pm (August is the one exception when our reception is on the second Friday from 7-9pm)
About Gabe Leonard:
Gabe Leonard spent his early years in rural Wyoming, sketching wildlife and selling his drawings for one dollar. After earning his BFA from Columbus College in Ohio, Leonard honed his talents on the ultra-competitive Venice Beach boardwalk.
Described as “Johnny Cash meets Quentin Tarantino,” Leonard’s work possesses an intense cinematic quality combining the gestural brushwork of expressionism with the expert lighting and framing of a Hollywood cinematographer. His oils are cinematic, atmospheric and moody, revolving around outlaws, rugged noir characters to create narratives full of dramatic possibility.
While his subjects and compositions belie a heavy influence of modern and contemporary cinema, Leonard’s artistic style is rooted firmly in a European tradition. While he often breaks from academic restrictions with his loose brushwork and characteristic drips, he counts Rembrandt, Mucha, Klimt and Schiele as amongst his influences.
Following a string of sell-out shows and acquisitions by high-profile collectors, Leonard has quickly become one of the most sought-after artists in the world. Recent celebrity collectors include Quentin Tarantino, Charlie Sheen, and Rueben Fleischer. Leonard currently resides in Los Angeles.
About Distinction Gallery:
Distinction Gallery was created in 2004 to give beginning and established collectors a venue to purchase high-quality, cutting edge artwork. Distinction has hosted over 160 exhibitions since its inception featuring emerging, mid-career and veteran professional artists. Distinction’s artwork is available for purchase online to clients around the world, and most of our artists are available for commissions. In order to further expand offerings to the community, Distinction converted part of their location to ArtHatch, a non profit organization.