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Gabe Leonard: Rust, Dust, and Lust

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Distinction Gallery is pleased to present: Gabe Leonard "Rust, Dust, and Lust"

October 13 - December 1, 2018

Distinction Gallery is proud to present long time represented artist Gabe Leonard's solo show "Rust, Dust, and Lust". The exhibition will include train robbery themes, street shoot outs and bar / brothel / saloon scenes. Oils, Acrylic Enhanced Giclees, Hand Embellished GIclees, and paper prints will be available during the show. The opening reception will be held on Saturday October 13, from 6pm -10pm. Gabe will be present for the reception and we will also have live music, ArtHatch open studios, BK Cellars Wine, and Stone Beer.

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 possibilities.

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 an 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 Reuben Fleischer. Leonard currently resides in Los Angeles.

Gallery Director - Melissa Inez Walker: "It is always a pleasure to host our annual solo show with artist Gabe Leonard.

The exhibition will run from October 13 - December 1, 2018. The opening reception with Gabe Leonard, live music, ArtHatch open studios, Stone Beer, and BK Cellars wine will be on Saturday October 13, from 6-10pm.

ArtHatch is a 7,000 square foot building which houses Distinction Gallery: exhibitions changing monthly, multiple exhibition spaces featuring work by represented artists, "The Alley" featuring over 20 local artists, 14 artist studios, ranging in size from 150 to 800 square feet, featuring local artists and the ArtHatch teens.

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