Stretch to $70K - NOIR Book Cover Painting Unlocked
One Special Backer now has the opportunity to own the Original Oil Painting "Let It Roll Out", which is featured on the cover of NOIR! This 43 x 53" Framed Oil Painting retails at $12,950 unframed, but I'm offering it at $10K for the last 12 hours of the campaign! This Exclusive Kickstarter opportunity is my final push to achieve $70K, with the extra funds going back into Book production!
$60K Stretch Coal Achieved - Original Oil Paintings Unlocked
Backers can now receive smaller versions of Original Oil Paintings featured in the Book Collection! These Reward Tiers also come with The Complete Book Collection boasting full-page Dedication Sketches inside the covers of all five Books!
$50K Stretch Goal ACHIEVED: "NOIR" / "RUST, DUST, & LUST"
I am offering my twenty page "RUST, DUST, & LUST" (12x12") Booklet to ALL Backers who pledged for ANY Book now that the $50K Stretch Goal is met!!! This Booklet covers my newest series of Oil Paintings, titled "RUST, DUST, & LUST"...
NEW - Special Reward Offers!!
$50K Unlocked "NOIR", which completes the entire Book Collection - NEW Rewards are now available, including "The Entire Collection". In addition, Canvas Giclee Prints are available featuring images from the Book Collection, which can be bundled with Books and Dedication Sketches. If you are seeking a custom Reward Tier or would like to "add on" any individual Rewards, feel free to message me here and I will assist you!
Contribute to the creation of Gabe Leonard's first collection of art books and receive Kickstarter exclusive rewards including Signed Books, Art prints, Dedication Sketches, Signed Paintbrushes, Book Release Invitations, and much more!
The Cinematic Artist
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.
Outlaws, Musicians, and Drunken Poets - FUNDED
The first Hardcover Art Book in the collection includes selected works from Gabe's groundbreaking Oil Painting series "Outlaws, Musicians, and Drunken Poets". This high-quality Art Book is 12 x 12" and contains sixty-four full-color pages of Oil Paintings from Gabe's early days.
Power, Love, & Success - FUNDED
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. Backers now have the exclusive opportunity through this Kickstarter to receive the signed pre-release, along with Signed Paintbrushes used by Gabe in the creation of Oil Paintings featured in both books!
LUCK - $30K Stretch Goal Reached - Book Unlocked!!
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 - $40K Stretch Goal Reached - Book Unlocked!!
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 - $50K Stretch Reached - Book Unlocked!!
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..."
Paper Print (Tear Sheets) - Kickstarter Exclusive Reward
Backers now have the exclusive opportunity through this Kickstarter to receive the signed pre-release, along with 8.5 x 11" & 11 x 17" Signed Art Prints (Tear Sheets), a throw-back to the "Venice Beach" days, when Gabe was selling his artwork on the boardwalk!
Select Backer Reward tiers include signed paintbrushes used by Gabe in the making of his paintings!
Kickstarter exclusive rewards also include Limited Edition Promotional Packages that consist of signed, out-of-print Collector's Items from many of the Oil Painting series included in the book collection; Promo Pack includes: "NOIR" Brochure, "Girls with Guns" Flyer, 6 x 9" Kickstarter Flyer, 4 x 6" Festival Flyer, and Mix & Match Gallery Flyers --- FIRST 12 Backers also receive a 9 x 12" "POWER, LOVE, & SUCCESS" Brochure & FIRST 75 Backers receive a "Desperados" Brochure!!!
Full Page Dedication Sketches
Additional rewards include full-page original Dedication Sketches within your Book, which are also available by bumping your pledge on any existing Reward Tier (please check the FAQ section and/or message for more details).
Limited Edition "Shoot The Messenger" Paper Print - Kickstarter Exclusive Reward
Twenty-five Backers now have access to "Shoot the Messenger" from the fourth Book in the collection, "Desperados"! Now that the $40K stretch goal is achieved each Backer at this reward tier will also receive a copy of "Desperados" with a full-page Dedication Sketch!
This edition is limited to twenty-five worldwide and is centered on an 18 x 24" sheet of Somerset Velvet Paper (as pictured below). Only twenty-five Backers will have this opportunity and only through this Kickstarter campaign!
NEW REWARD: Limited Edition Canvas Prints
"Justice Ain't Blind" (15x20"), "I Shot the Deputy" (13x20"), and "God Forgives, I Don't" (15x20") - each of these pieces are part of a nearly sold out edition of 100, with ONLY 10 of each available to Backers of this Kickstarter. These Canvas Prints come with a "Certificate of Authenticity" and your choice of ANY unlocked Book, with a full-page Dedication Sketch on the inside cover.
You may bundle up multiple Canvas Prints with selections including "God Forgives, I Don't", "Justice Ain't Blind", and "I Shot the Deputy", along with Certificates of Authenticity, and multiple Books from the Collection - all with full-page Dedication Sketches!!! Check out the rewards: "Two Canvas Prints" & "Three Canvas Prints"...
We Unlocked ALL Five Books
The first Gabe Leonard Collection includes a total of five books - and together we successfully surpassed the goals to UNLOCK books three, four, and five! The more books we unlocked the more Tear Sheet image options for Backers there are to select from, with a potential twenty choices now that ALL five books are unlocked!
Who is 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."
NEW REWARD: Pose for an Oil Study...
NEW REWARD: Dirty Harry Oil Painting...
Risks and challenges
Book publishing and distribution is a lengthy process that often takes longer than expected. We have suggested an "expected date of delivery" based upon quotes from potential book manufacturers, but we will not be sure of the total order unless the Kickstarter is successful, nor of the official book manufacturer. Each manufacturer has different associated costs depending upon where the books are being manufactured, where they are stored, and where they are being shipped to.
In addition Gabe prefers to proof all prints of his artwork on the ground before they go to press, ensuring the highest quality product that most accurately captures the original Oil Painting colors. Consequently the process of "proofing" can be time intensive.
These variables will only become clear upon a successful Kickstarter completion, but never fear - we will ensure that you are up-to-date with each development, as it occurs, via Kickstarter Updates!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter