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Please join us for a special event with artist Gabe Leonard Saturday December 14, 2019. He will be launching his new set of 5 beautiful art books right here in our gallery in the Westminster Mall, Orange County, CA. Be sure to reserve your set in advance to be personalized at the party. shopartcenter.com
Gabe Leonard Art Book Collection
Introducing the collection of five Gabe Leonard 12” x 12” hard cover art books, each of the five beautiful books contains anywhere between forty-four and sixty-four full-color pages. His Oil Paintings are presented in this high-quality art book series, chronicling over ten years of cinematic artistry.
Outlaws, Musicians and Drunken Poets - Book
1st book in the Gabe Leonard Art Book collection
The first Hardcover Art Book in the collection includes selected works from Gabe's groundbreaking Oil Painting series "Outlaws, Musicians, and Drunken Poets.”
Power, Love and Success - Book
2nd book in the Gabe Leonard Art Book collection
The second Hardcover Art Book in the collection includes selected works from Gabe's groundbreaking Oil Painting series "POWER, LOVE, & SUCCESS,” boasting over forty-four full-color pages.
LUCK - Book
3rd book in Gabe Leonard Art Book collection
The third Hardcover Art Book features work from Gabe's third series entitled "LUCK.” This series of paintings delves into the ideas of what LUCK is through the unwritten stories of five main characters. Use the clues to put the story together and see how everyone is connected!
Desperados - Book
4th book in Gabe Leonard Art Books collection
In 2014 Gabe went back to the Outlaw themes with "Desperados" - a journey we all take on our own, searching through the chaos of life and coming out on the other side with both feet on the ground, and on the right side of the dirt.
NOIR - Book
5th book in Gabe Leonard Art Books collection
Inspired by a favorite Johny Cash song, "God's Gonna Cut You Down,” Gabe depicts the characters from the lyrics in the visual world of "NOIR.”
"Go tell that long tongue liar,
Go and tell that midnight rider,
Tell the rambler
The back biter,
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down,
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down..."
Gabe with his Original Oil Painting, "Let It Roll Out", Featured on the NOIR Book Cover
About Gabe Leonard:
In Gabe's own words, "I grew up in Linch, a small oil field town in the middle of nowhere, in the center of Wyoming. Linch was home to about 15 families who mostly lived in trailer homes. No grocery store, no stop signs, no police, no firemen, no church, no high school. The roads weren't paved, the streets weren't named, and I wasn't allowed to go past the cattle guard."
"It was my ability to draw that broke the social ice for me. Specifically, my ability to draw big foot trucks going through the mud. That caught the attention of some of the other kids who then started asking me to draw trucks for them. That's how I started to fit in and make friends."
Gabe describes his 'Venice Beach' days, "May 29th, 1999 was the first time I almost got into a fist fight over space. Jewelry makers and psychics will get in your face, they were very territorial, and they will gang up on you. There was a homeless guy that would get there early to make a sand mermaid and yell obscenities at everyone all day long. There was a guy balancing a stove on his chin. I was setting up across from a parking lot where I could sleep in my car overnight staking out my place."
"I find ideas and inspiration everywhere. Music, movies, friends, family, places I’ve been, philosophers, scientists, artists, film makers. I draw upon all these things, using friends as models, dressed up in costume and props for references. There’s a certain challenge in painting people who don’t look like they’re posing for a painting. Capturing body language and emotion in a figure is fun and is another requirement in the process of learning to see. Combined with the fractal nature of runs and drips, I exaggerate and distort space and forms in my paintings."
"I’m learning how to see the world around me. I prefer to express my findings with oil painting on canvas. Although most of my work is figurative, I approach all my work as though they’re landscapes. Understanding how light, space, forms and patterns are perceived apply equally to painting a person as the landscape they’re in. There’s no end in learning how to paint, and that’s what keeps me doing it."
Gabe Leonard's paintings take you into a world rich with inimitable atmosphere and narrative intrigue. His work captures rich moods by combining the free brushwork of an expressive artist combined with the lighting and framing of a seasoned Hollywood cinematographer. Drawn to rugged and romantic film noir characters, Leonard merges technically brilliant figurative painting with a finely crafted cinematic atmosphere, creating snapshot moments full of narrative possibilities.
Be sure to visit our store in person or online for more information and to purchase Gabe’s works.