If you’re familiar with the work of Gabe Leonard then you already know how his rugged outlaws and empowering female characters nourish our imaginations with their wild sensibilities and trailblazing spirit.
Pulsing with western heartbeats, Distinction Gallery is pleased to present Gabe Leonard’s solo exhibition, “The Bitter End”, featuring new oil on canvas paintings and limited edition hand-embellished Giclee prints. Join them in celebration this weekend!
*Due to regulated covid restrictions on space, a very limited number of guests will be allowed to attend in person. Please contact the gallery for details.*
Gabe Leonard, “The Bitter End”
Opening Reception: October 10-Novemeber 7, 2020
The opening reception will begin at 6pm in the gallery and on Facebook Live.
317 E Grand Ave Escondido | CA 92025
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.