William at Derwentwater, UK

William Leidenthal Artist Statement

“Art interests me very much, but the truth interests me more.” —Alberto Giacometti

“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.” —Issac Bashevis Singer


"What does the artist do? He draws connections. He ties the invisible threads between things. He dives into the history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos." —Anselm Kiefer

I create art about living on Earth. My paintings are about the physical dynamics which give life to our planet and in turn create our environment which is the source and substance of our very existence. The Earth is a living organism of infinite complexity, Gaia.

The content of my work focuses on metaphors for the natural phenomena that have formed our world. These conceptual landscapes are intended as symbols and signals for those natural processes: Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, etc. I contemplate past evolution and, additionally, I am envisioning the future of our planet: the climate, the forests, the rivers, the seas, and all the living things on Earth. To exist in ecological harmony humans require sustainability. We have evolved to this very particular Earth environment and cannot survive without it.

My works are experiments in ways of seeing the timelessness of Now. I develop my images as unplanned explorations without preconceived form. There is a challenge to create paintings of a world where ‘form is emptiness’ and ‘emptiness is form’, and to demonstrate whatever exists beyond verbal understanding. I make paintings about the distance between Objective Reality and Subjective Reality.
 —William Leidenthal

“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” —E. L. Dockorow

“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.”  —Charlie Parker