The Rev. John H. Walsted (1932-2014) was a gifted artist and noted iconographer. John’s works are found in churches and private collections all over the United States and in Europe. John was a master of egg tempera painting, a technique that suspends ground mineral pigments in egg yolk. Egg tempera is the traditional medium of Orthodox iconography, and Western artists universally used egg tempera until oil became prevalent during the Renaissance.
John’s icons were written according to the canons of Russian iconography. He worked largely in the North Russian style of the 14th to 16th centuries. His Western-style paintings are mostly in the Flemish or Sienese style. John did almost exclusively religious works; his secular pieces can be numbered on one hand.
John had two goals with his art. First, he wanted to provide vehicles for the devotion of the faithful. Second, he wanted to make it possible for people to worship in the beauty of holiness.
Almost all of John’s pieces were done on commission, but at his death he left a number of pieces that had not been commissioned. John was my partner for from 1977 until his death, and I am now the steward of those pieces.
The works on this website are appropriate for churches, chapels, or private collections. The prices noted are those we would have asked if the piece had been commissioned. However, do not let the listed price discourage you. My principal purpose in creating this website is to place John’s pieces appropriately so that they can serve the goals John had in executing them — to excite devotion and to beautify spaces.
If you are interested in any of these pieces, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-713-2218.