Leigh J. McCloskey

Leigh J. McCloskey

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In many ways Leigh J. McCloskey is a modern Renaissance Man. His interest, knowledge, study and learning ranges from art, music, history, religion, mythology, philo-Sophia and esotericism to string theory, quantum physics and the multidimensional nature of consciousness. He has deeply studied Hermeticism, Alchemy and Kabbalah and has hosted twice weekly philosophical salons at his home, Olandar, for over thirty years. He has written, illustrated and published six books. He lectures both nationally and internationally and has given numerous talks and presentations of his holographic art and visual philosophy. Leigh has contributed numerous essays on topics ranging from William Blake and the Heroic Imagination, the Archetypal Tarot & the Kabbalah, to Jacob Boehme and Theosophical Thought. Leigh’s art work toured with the ROLLING STONES and most recently with FLYING LOTUS for his album, Cosmogramma. He also continues to collaborate with other artists - film makers- musicians as well (see: What’s New below).

Leigh is also an accomplished actor whose professional career has spanned four decades. His life and works reveal remarkable artistry, vision and discipline and are a reminder that we are far more interesting than we have lead ourselves to believe. He founded Olandar Foundation for Emerging Renaissance (OFFER) as a seed idea meant to awaken our deepest knowing and to stimulate the emerging waters of imaginative renaissance & rebirth. Welcome Home.

Download Leigh's Professional Resume for a full list of published books, printed essays, publications, art and art collaborations, education, affiliation and acting credits. 

Watch Leigh's recent talks on art:


The Malibu Dream Home of Visionary Artist Leigh McCloskey by Andrei Burke

Many have asked for a way to share the story of visiting Olandar and experiencing Leigh’s 3D art and painted library, “The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul,” (THOTHS) library.” In this marvelous article and visual essay by Andrei Burke for Evolve and Ascend.com the writer captures and shapes the art, ideas and story that get to the heart and soul of Leigh’s passion for creation and the quest for meaning. Please read, like, share and comment and send it to anyone you might want to inspire with a beautiful message and living art.

“Welcome to the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul/City of Seekers.”

A wonderful article by Tanja M.Laden for the Creators Project @ Vice.com

The Quest for the Holy Grail & The Mystery of THOTH’s Library   

Enjoy artist, author, actor and visual philosopher, Leigh J McCloskey's previewed talk and presentation for New York Open Center’s "Esoteric Quest in the South of France." this year at Olandar Foundation for Emerging Renaissance (OFFER). 

Art, physics, esoteric tradition, alchemy and legend come full circle in The Grail Story revealed within THOTHS Library and the archetypal imagery of Tarot ReVisioned created by Leigh J McCloskey.  Hearkening back to the chivalry and romance of the Troubadours, the legends of the knights of the Grail and the mystery of the grand cathedrals. Leigh guidesus through art and iconography on an interactive visual journey that explores the purpose and meaning of the great quest. He traces how its seeds, lineage and mystery has blossomed through art and esoteric studies as his masterwork, Tarot ReVisioned and within his painted 3D library-studio and wonder study, The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (Acronym THOTHS)*, the heart of which holds the mystery of the Grail and a profound adventure of the human imagination and multidimensional art.

Orbs, The Visions of St Hildegard of Bingen and  Art
This video shares some of the most compelling photographs ever taken of orbs. In this remarkable talk given at Olandar Foundation for Emerging Renaissance (OFFER), artist, author, actor and visual philosopher, Leigh J McCloskey, offers keys for framing the significance of the orbs as patterns of (re)emerging consciousness, and the manifestation of a deeper esoteric science that opens into the truly bizarre nature and purpose of the orbs and their unseen worlds. He reveals how orbs relate to history,  art, and the visions of St. Hildegard of Bingen and their influence on his art and 3D painted library-studio and wonder-study, The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul,(THOTHS) and his beautiful painting, “Mothership: Revelations in Pink.”

Like Alice stepping through the looking glass, Leigh takes us on this most amazing  journey with photographs of the orbs appearing as everything from flying breasts and UFO’s, to quantum light ships and the DNA double helix strand appearing only on the inside of the mirror.  The orbs exhibit remarkable geometrical interactions and obvious consciousness within the painted environment of his Hieroglyph-studio-library. There are quite humorous juxtapositions between art and orbs and even a “Watcher” figure standing 8 feet tall inside of the mirror. This video visually and philosophically opens a remarkable dialog that will inspire greatly those who have eyes to see and the willingness to think creatively. 

Step inside The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (THOTHS)
Leigh's 3D painted library studio and wonder study on this marvelous two minute tour with Crystal Fambrini and Ryot TV.

“Exploring Consciousness with Famous Actor and Modern Day Renaissance Man, Leigh J. McCloskey”
With host Winifred Adams on Making Life Brighter Radio.

Nurturing Creativity
With host Michele Meiche on Awakenings Radio
How do we make sense of our own personal myth, art, archetype and the role of the artist in today’s world.

The Flowering of Creation
“I believe our first relationship and responsibility is with the creative spirit. Not to brand it. Not to sell it. Not to convince others with it. But to have a relation first and foremost where we live with the act of creation. If you write poetry, if you paint paintings, if you create music and no one listens and if you bring it out and no one seems to care, realize that your relationship is not with them, it is with creation.” Leigh J McCloskey 

The Mystery of Mysteries: The Moon and the High Priestess
Leigh J McCloskey explores the ancient technologies of the imagination and introduces his major arcana tarot drawings from his book, Tarot ReVisioned. Focusing on his High Priestess and Moon archetypes, Leigh delves into the symbolism and significance of the Moon and her Mystery of Mysteries. Leigh leads us into the Arcana Arcanorum-the Secret of Secrets, the squaring of the circle & the Great Work.  Bridging art, alchemical tradition and symbolic picture languages with what is happening in our current times, Leigh discusses the human form divine and what is known as the Royal Road. This talk addresses why knowledge of the archetypes and co creation are essential to understanding how we are wired as human beings and how this helps us to develop our imaginations with a deeper sense of purpose, personal meaning and shared creative community in this time of emerging renaissance.

Art 4 All People Interview (105.50min)
Excellent interview with Leigh about his art, acting, visual philosophy and creative approach.

The best short interview with Leigh (in the studio/Hieroglyph) that sums up many of the remarkable ideas and insights that have emerged through his art, story telling and his sense of humanity’s long and difficult journey and its true purpose
In this short compelling interview Leigh reveals insights into the mystery and possible story of the elongated skulls in history and folklore. These insights came directly from his work with the figure TOR in The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul and from his 21 years of work on his Codex Tor illuminated books.

Leigh McCloskey Painted His Whole Room “Hieroglyph of the Human Soul” in 3-D! Try It From Home. (5:02)
Insightful journey into the story and art of the Hieroglyph with Leigh giving the tour and sharing its story.

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Listing The Feminine Divine & The Art of Creation, Painted Revelations of Wonder & Meaning, The Art of Visual Philo-Sophia of Leigh J. McCloskey

View the Video. This is the best in depth overview of the archetypal story of the Feminine Divine as revealed to and through Leigh J McCloskey’s art, deep wisdom, and storytelling. Leigh begins by exploring his actor's life and his personal journey as an artist into the story of creativity and the theatre of the psyche. He explores the female archetypes of his Tarot ReVisioned* drawings and book as an introduction to the meaning and implication of the Feminine Divine and the Art of Creation. This sets the imaginative ground for the revelation of his “painted cave” and library studio, The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (acronym: THOTHS) that he began to paint on 9-11-01 as a spontaneous creative epiphany. He shares the beauty and implication of the Great Mother, Sophia, the hidden and veiled goddess within woman Lilith, and her relationship to Eve, the Mother of Generation and womanhood. Take an imaginative journey with Leigh J. McCloskey as he retells the story of Genesis through art and creation reminding us that we are returning home after a very long journey across vast ages and that humankind and all of creation is a work of art and a thing of beauty and meaning (see Tarot ReVISIONed)


The Art of Creation and the Creation of Art with Leigh J. McCloskey
Leigh J McCloskey shares his art, inspiration and visual philosophy in this excellent short talk, The Art of Creation and the Creation of Art, given at the Onion in North Hills, Ca for the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society - Edited by Christopher Toussaint - Running time 27:58

Studio Tour from 12.12.12 in Two Parts:
Part 1 and Part 2

Leigh's TEDx TALK Malibu ( MUST SEE**) The Painting Phoenix Arise & the Blossoming of Creation

YouTube with Dr. Michael Beckwith at Agape - Life as Art: Liberating the Creator Within and hiy at Olandar  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctX0u863c_0

Mothership: Revelations in Pink
Leigh takes us on a tour of his art and discusses the profound revelations of his visual philosophy. Enjoy this recent video of Leigh taking us on a journey into the wisdom of the Great Mother and her creative revelation regarding the purpose and meaning of our human journey as revealed through spontaneous creation, story telling, humor and imagination.

The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (THOTHS) (39:45). In this video Leigh reveals his visual philosophy and takes us on a tour of his painted wonder-study and library studio

Other Interviews:

"Beyond Belief, A Story of Embodiment."
Enjoy Leigh J McCloskey's uplifting 6 minute story. Leigh shared this at TALES BY THE SEA in Malibu recently. Leigh's optimism and generosity of spirit reminds us to tell our stories and to remember we are in this together, all part of the living theatre and vast library of being human, what he calls the "great curiosity"

From 12-12-12   Making Sense of End Times & New Beginnings
Leigh explores the end of the Mayan calendar, fractals, the alien question, time travel and communion as revealed through his art, his Codex Tor illuminated books, the revelation of the Watcher language which forms the weave of his The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (THOTHS) 3D painted library and much more.  The talk should run continuously it is in 6 parts.

MUST SEE Visual Presentation 
From 12-12-12  
Making Sense of End Times & New Beginnings
Leigh explores the end of the Mayan calendar, fractals, the alien question, time travel and communion as revealed through his art, his Codex Tor illuminated books, the revelation of the Watcher language which forms the weave of his The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul (THOTHS) 3D painted library and much more.  The talk should run continuously it is in 6 parts.

Revisioning the Tarot & Our Myths
Awakenings Radio Dialogue with Leigh about his Tarot, his creative process and telling the more worthy story of being human.

Sound Color Vibration Magazine
Wonderful written interview with Leigh about his art and visual philosophy that includes over 200 images of his art works at the end

Listen to this excellent interview with Leigh on Awakenings Radio: "How creative energies mentor us. Dealing with fear and the resistance to our own greater holographic mystery".
Enjoy Leigh’s 3rd and most recent interview with Human2Stay

What's New:




Leigh spent 17 years creating an entirely original series of 22 drawings and text based upon his direct creative and archetypal journey into the heart of the major arcana of the Tarot.

His critically acclaimed first book, Tarot ReVISIONed represents what might easily be considered one of the most profound, imaginative and creative inquiries into the mystery of the Tarot and its depths ever revealed.

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My art is a tool I use to dig beneath the surface value or appearance of things and ideas. I use my painting to explore subjective realities upon which and from which objective or perceptual reality emerges.

Leigh's Artwork has just recently been on tour with the Rolling Stones. Take a look and see for yourself.


Leigh J. McCloskey studied acting at the prestigious Julliard School at Lincoln Center in New York City. When he returned to his home state of California he quickly moved into a professional acting career.


                                    You can now buy Leigh's book and drawings at amazon.com
                                                           and through the publisher,
Olandar Press.


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