Gabe Leonard (American) creates paintings that draw us into a world rich with cinematic atmosphere and narrative intrigue. Attracted to the rugged and romantic elements of film noir, he merges technically brilliant figurative painting with a finely crafted ambience, creating a freeze frame full of narrative possibilities. He captures the richness of the mood by combining the free brushwork of an expressive artist with the lighting and framing of a seasoned Hollywood director.” From cowboys, gamblers, musicians and a bit of the “Wild, Wild, West” Gabe invites us to see what can or cannot be in his amazing work. His series include: "Noir", “Luck”, “Power, Love, Success”, “Outlaws”, “Poets”, “Mobsters” and “Desperados”.
Leonard, described by many as: “Johnny Cash meets Quentin Tarantino" was born and raised in Wyoming. Gabe Leonard knew he was an artist early on, selling sketches of wildlife to his friends. He graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Post-college he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream as a background painter for feature animation, however most studios began firing traditional artists in favor of sending production overseas or moving into digital formats. No matter, with a bit of success on his side, he honed his skills on the ultra-competitive boardwalk of Venice Beach and has created his own industry standard.
The trademark runs and drips in his work are a deliberate break from academic restrictions and allow him to be more expressive, free and loose. Leonard's style is deeply rooted in the European artistic tradition, drawing particularly on the work of his heroes such as Rembrandt, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Leonard's paintings are a bridge between his soul and that of the spectator. With each individual brush stroke, Leonard captures empathy in his subjects through his unique cinematic vision. Each of his paintings tells a different story. He sees his characters and both villains and heroes interchangeably.
Following a string of sell-out shows and acquisitions of his work by high profile collectors including Quentin Tarantino, Eli Broad and Charlie Sheen, Leonard has become one of the most sought-after artists in the world, collected in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is currently on a worldwide tour of his selected art galleries promoting his “Desperado Series”.
Art Leaders Gallery is proud to carry Gabe Leonard’s work exclusively in Michigan.
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