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&ldquo\;Luck&rdquo\;

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Featuring the Art of Gabe Leonard

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October 16 &ndash\; November 2

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Distinction Gallery is excited to pr esent 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.

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Leonard&rsquo\;s LUCK series will consist of 20 ori ginal oil paintings and 10 sketches comprised of dramatic\, slice-of-life c aptures of games of chance\, and the tempting of fortune. \; Says Leona rd\, &ldquo\;The Oxford Dictionary states that &lsquo\;luck is success or f ailure apparently brought by chance rather than through one&rsquo\;s own ac tions.&rsquo\; \; In this collection I would like viewers to draw their own conclusions.&rdquo\; \; He adds that LUCK is the most exciting ser ies he has produced to date. Giclé\;e prints will also be available a t the event only\, and will include a signed edition of the LUCK book creat ed to commemorate the collection.

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Gabe Leonard spent his early year s in rural Wyoming\, sketching wildlife and selling his drawings for one do llar. After earning his BFA from Columbus College in Ohio\, Leonard honed h is talents on the ultra-competitive Venice Beach boardwalk.

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Describ ed as "Johnny Cash meets Quentin Tarantino\, "Leonard's work possesses an i ntense 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 possibilit y.

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While his subjects and compositions belie a heavy influence of m odern and contemporary cinema\, Leonard's artistic style is rooted firmly i n a European tradition. \; While he often breaks from academic restrict ions with his loose brushwork and characteristic drips\, he counts Rembrand t\, Mucha\, Klimt and Schiele as amongst his influences.

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Following a string of sell-out shows and acquisitions by high profile collectors\, Le onard has quickly become one of the most sought-after artists in the world. Recent celebrity collectors include Quentin Tarantino\, John Travolta\, Ar nold Shwarzenegger\, and Eli Broad-whose painted portrait appeared on the c over of C-Suite Quarterly. Leonard currently resides in Los Angeles.

\n< p>LUCK will be priemere at SHe by Morton&rsquo\;s nightclub located in The Crystals at City Center Las Vegas at 3720 South Las Vegas Blvd.\, #260.&nbs p\; The public reception with the artist will run from 8 pm &ndash\; 10 pm on Saturday\, October 12\, 2013. \; The show will then continue for a one month exhibition at Distinction Gallery in Escondido\, CA from O ctober 16 &ndash\; November 2. For more information\, high res ima ges\, or to set up an interview with the artist\, contact Melissa Walker or Beth Kwapis at 760-707-2770

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Distinction Gallery\, 317 E Gr and Ave.\, Escondido\, CA 92025

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Distinctionart.com \; \; | \; \; Arthatch.org

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