Our Story

Distinction Gallery was created in 2004 to give beginning and established collectors a venue to purchase high-quality, artwork created by highly skilled artists. Distinction has hosted over 130 exhibitions since its inception featuring mid-career and 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 addition to the gallery we also have an in house custom frame shop. In addition to custom framing we also offer crate building, artwork installation, pickup, shipping, and custom artwork lighting installation.

In order to further expand our offerings to our community, we converted part of our 7,0000 arts complex to ArtHatch, a non profit organization, in 2011. ArtHatch rents exhibition and studio space to emerging artists as well as offers a free teen program. Distinction donates a generous amount to ArtHatch annually. ArtHatch hosts 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 (August is the one exception when our reception is on the second Friday from 7-9pm)

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, bank wires,and cash.
We do offer payment plans for purchases. Generally we ask for 30% down and the remainder divided over 5 months, but often we can be more flexible. The artwork is shipped once payments are completed.
Due to the nature of original art all sales are final.

Shipping Art

All orders are shipped using FEDEX ground or Fedex freight. International orders are shipping using Fedex Express or Fedex Express Freight. For purchases to the Philippines we ship using Johnny Air.

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.

Art Submissions

We are not currently accepting submissions. If you feel our work is compatible with what we exhibit, 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 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. Alternately, we encourage you to look at ArtHatch for immediate exhibition opportunities. ArtHatch rents juried wall space starting at $65 per month and often Distinction's featured artists are plucked from ArtHatch. See for more information.

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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