Our Story

Distinction Gallery was created in 2004 to give beginning and established collectors a venue to purchase high-quality, cutting edge artwork. Distinction has hosted over 120 exhibitions since its inception featuring emerging, mid-career and veteran professional artists. The primary genres forwarded at Distinction are Contemporary Realism, Surrealism and Urban art with a focus on the figure. Our primary media focus is original oil and acrylic paintings; however, we occasionally display drawings and mixed media. Distinction's artwork is available for purchase online to clients around the world, and most of our artists are available for commissions. Please feel free to contact us with questions.

In order to further expand our offerings to our community, we converted part of our location to ArtHatch, a non profit organization. Distinction donates a generous amount to ArtHatch annually. We host opening receptions on the Second Saturday of every month featuring open studios, Stone Beer, BK Cellars Wine, live music from San Diego and Los Angeles musicians, and plenty of engaging artwork.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Second Saturday Receptions: 6 pm - 10 pm

Purchasing Art

If you would like purchase a work of art, please call or e-mail the gallery with the artist's name in the subject field. Alternately, you may purchase directly from the website. If the piece you are interested in purchasing is currently exhibited, we will ship the work out within 7 days of the show's closure. If the work is in inventory, and not currently being exhibited, we will ship it out within 5 days of purchase. We guarantee safe delivery of artwork in the U.S. and abroad. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, AMEX, Paypal, cashiers checks, bank wires, money orders and cash.

Shipping Art

All US orders are shipped using FEDEX ground or Fedex freight. All international orders are shipped using Fedex Priority.

We ship worldwide. If your country is not available as a selection with online purchasing please email us for a custom shipping quote.

AUCTION PURCHASES: Auction items are not billed at our posted online rates. They will be billed based on the actual shipment cost to your area. If you would like a quote on a potential auction item please email the gallery with your address or postal code and the piece you are considering bidding on and we will get back to you shortly with an exact price.

Artist Submissions

We are not currently accepting submissions. If you feel our work is compatible with what we exhibit, both in quality and subject order, we invite you to e-mail five high-quality jpeg files including titles, media, size and retail prices. Please understand that we receive a large amount of submissions daily and we will only respond if we feel your work will fit into our exhibition program, which is typically booked 12-24 months in advance. However, we may keep your submission on file for later consideration. Please do not mail any submissions use email only.


Mailing Address: 317 E Grand Ave Escondido CA 92025   |  760.707.2770  |  email us

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