'Luck' Featuring The Art Of Gabe Leonard
- When Ongoing until Saturday, November 2, 2013
- Tuesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thursday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday noon - 5 p.m.
- Where ArtHatch, Escondido - View Map
- Age limit All ages
- Categories Arts, Painting, Exhibits, KPBS Arts Briefs, KPBS Visual Arts Briefs
- Cost Free
Above: Promotional graphic for "Luck," an art exhibition by Gabe Leonard taking place the ArtHatch Gallery. Courtesy of Gabe Leonard.
Featuring the Art of Gabe Leonard
October 16 – November 2
Distinction Gallery is excited to present "Luck," a new collection of paintings focusing on the thrill of fate, chance and fortune by artist Gabe Leonard to be unveiled at SHe by Morton's in Las Vegas.
Leonard’s "LUCK" series will consist of 20 original oil paintings and 10 sketches comprised of dramatic, slice-of-life captures of games of chance, and the tempting of fortune. Leonard said, “The Oxford Dictionary states that ‘luck is success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.’ In this collection I would like viewers to draw their own conclusions.” He adds that "LUCK" is the most exciting series he has produced to date. Giclée prints will also be available at the event only, and will include a signed edition of the "LUCK" book created to commemorate the collection.
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 and 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, John Travolta, Arnold Shwarzenegger, and Eli Broad-whose painted portrait appeared on the cover of C-Suite Quarterly. Leonard currently resides in Los Angeles.
LUCK will be priemere at SHe by Morton’s nightclub located in The Crystals at City Center Las Vegas at 3720 South Las Vegas Blvd., #260. The public reception with the artist will run from 8 pm – 10 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
The show will then continue for a one month exhibition at Distinction Gallery in Escondido, CA from October 16 – November 2.
For more information, high resolution images, or to set up an interview with the artist, contact Melissa Walker or Beth Kwapis at (760) 707-277. You may also visit www.Distinctionart.com or www.Arthatch.org.