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William Leidenthal

  • 60 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA

About The Artist

Artist Statement

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Artist Statement

I create art about living on Earth, about deep reality and the physical dynamics which give life to our planet. I make paintings about our environment and my work is a conceptual metaphor for the natural phenomena that form this world. I make paintings about the distance between Objective Reality and Subjective Reality.

In my work I attempt to envision what existed on our planet over the eons of evolution before humans. At the same time, the content of my art is concerned with the future of our world: the climate, the forests, the rivers, the seas, and all living things on Earth. These artworks are experiments in ways of seeing the timelessness of Now—our past and future existing together within the energy of this perfect moment. My paintings are abstract visual demonstrations to affirm that humans require the sustainability of this particular Earth environment and cannot survive without it.



William Leidenthal grew up in Palo Alto, California, in the 1950s and 60s. In the summer of 1967 William was creating music event posters for Rock venues in San Francisco. A year later he left California on a sailing voyage to the South Pacific. After the birth of his daughter in Hawaii, William graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Liberal Studies in 1984. He went on to graduate school in North Carolina earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1987. During the 1990s William had an art studio in Los Angeles, California, while working as an Art Director and Graphic Artist for advertising agencies in the Los Angeles area. The artist currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a studio in Sausalito, California. William also enjoys playing music, traveling, and visiting art museums. William has been showing his paintings, drawings, etchings, and other art works throughout the United States, from New York to Honolulu, from Los Angeles to Miami, since 1979.

Art Medium(s)

Oil Paint, Drawing

Studio Information

Building Name

60 Libertyship Way

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Entry and parking on the BAY side of the building. COVID precautions: please be vaccinated and in good health (no sniffles, coughs or "allergies".) Thank you.

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Contact Information

Artist Full Name

415 332 6858

Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

2010–2022 Showing paintings and drawings in exhibitions at Robert Allen Fine Arts, Sausalito, California.
2017–2019 Solo exhibitions of paintings at Madrigal Gallery, Sausalito, California
2010 “Seeing The Invisible World” at Theater Arts Gallery, High Point, North Carolina.
2006 “World History” at Linda Penzur Gallery, San Anselmo, California.
2003 “Building the World” at Eagle Rock Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California.
1998 “Landscape for the 21st Century” at Pence Gallery, Davis, California (UC at Davis).
1995 “Landscape: The Continuum” at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
1995 Exhibitions at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro (Los Angeles), California.
1993 Cimarron National Works on Paper Exhibition at Oklahoma State University. Juror: Dennis R. Barrie, Director, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
1992-1993 Exhibitions at Lussier Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
1991 “The Drawing Show” at Fitzgerald Fine Arts Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia.
1990 “American Drawing Biennial II” at Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Juror: Cara Denison, The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, NY.
1990 “Forecast for the 90s” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California.
1989 Exhibitions at Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California.
1989 Exhibition at Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii.
1988 Exhibition at Creative Arts Center Gallery, Sunnyvale, California.
1988 “Visions of Landscape” at Virginia Miller Galleries/Artspace, Coral Gables, Florida.
1988 Exhibition at Mira Costa College Gallery, Oceanside, California.
1987 “The Landscape: New Perspectives” at Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia.
1987 “11th Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition” at Emporia State University, Kansas.
1987 “Cimarron National Works on Paper” at Oklahoma State University. Juror: Judith Goldman, The Whitney (New York)
1986 “Folk Influences in Contemporary Art” invitational exhibition, at Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida.
1986 National Landscape Invitational Exhibition at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
1986 Pensacola National Landscape Exhibition at Pensacola College, Pensacola, Florida.



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