Gabe Leonard “The Starting Line” @ Distinction Gallery

Wrangle up your friends because this weekend Distinction Gallery celebrates the opening of Gabe Leonard’s new solo exhibition “The Starting Line”. With his modern interpretation of rugged outlaws and empowering female protagonists, his gritty artistic style lets your imagination wander about fast cars and dusty, western landscapes.
Join Distinction Gallery October 12th for the opening reception with Gabe, which includes live music, ArtHatch open studios, Laguanitas beer, and BK Cellars.
One lucky patron will be chosen to model for a live portrait by Gabe Leonard at this event, and will get to keep the painting!

To Enter the Drawing:
* RSVP and check in at the door before the drawing begins (1 raffle ticket)
* Increase your chances by dressing in costume (5 additional raffle tickets)
* Purchase any Gabe Leonard artwork before 7:45pm the night of the show (1 additional raffle ticket per $100 spent)

RSVP to earn your first raffle ticket!

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. Meet the artist and watch as he demonstrates his painting technique live in the gallery. 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! Gabe has some surprises planned for the evening you don’t want to miss.”/blockquote>

Gabe Leonard “The Starting Line”

Opening Reception:
October 12, 2019 | 6 – 10pm

Exhibition Dates:

October 12 – November 2, 2019

Distinction Gallery

317 E Grand Ave
Escondido CA 92025

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.

ArtHatch is a 7,000 square foot building which houses the front gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, “The Alley”, featuring over a dozen local artists, “Micro Gallery” – a mini gallery featuring 8 x 8 inch and smaller artworks, the teen studio featuring artwork by 15+ teen artists, 17 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring the work of over 20 local artists, ArtHatch Escape Rooms, and coming soon – “The Last Spot” – a Wine, Kombucha, Craft Beer, Mocktail Art Lounge coming soon.

Gabe Leonard "The Starting Line" Distinction Gallery exhibition


Oil on Canvas, 18 x 36 inches

Gabe Leonard "Darkest of Night" Johnny Cash painting

“Darkest of Night”

Oil on Canvas, 22 x 28 inches

Gabe Leonard Death Proof car painting

“Death Proof”

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 48 inches

Gabe Leonard western outlaw painting

“In The Thick of It”

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas from an edition of 25

Gabe Leonard Laced female gunslinger painting


Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas from an edition of 75

Gabe Leonard There's No Looking Back

“There’s No Looking Back”

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas from an edition of 50

Gabe Leonard "No More bullshit" western painting

“No More bullshit”

Acrylic Enhanced Artist Proof on Canvas, from an edition of 7

Gabe Leonard female outlaw "Redemption" painting


Acrylic Enhanced Artist Proof on Canvas, edition 1/7

Gabe Leonard "Run It Down" outlaw gunslinger painting

“Run It Down”

Hand Embellished Giclee on Canvas from an edition of 25

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