You are here

ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

John Davis Held

John Davis Held

translate

Artist Work

Venice
2019
Oil
24 x 36
Niagara
2019
Oil
24 x 36
The Stars Hung In The Balance
2018
Oil
14 x 24
Floating Falls
2019
Oil
30 x 30
Lightning Strike
2017
pastel
16 x 20
Turbulence
2017
Pastel
16 x 20

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
410-8427012
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

In his many travels, John Davis Held spent several months living in an African Hut, before hitch-hiking across Europe to paint the cathedrals, castles, and countryside.

"Is the Universe conscious?" the artist seems to ask.  "Is light itself conscious in some fashion?"

His studies in Astrophysics at Columbia University were not enough to answer these questions, and consequently, much of his art is an exploration into these mysteries.  His work often has an extraordinary sense of light, and is deeply spiritual. His paintings convey feelings of joy, lightness of spirit, and somehow, a sense of both peace and excitement simultaneously.  

John Davis Held is known for his luminous work in pastel and oil, and has had One Man Shows at the Antreasian Gallery, NIH, and the Troika Gallery where he is currently represented.  He has appeared on CBS and Fox news, and his art was featured this last December on MPT Artworks as well as being displayed on the 60 foot jumbotron across from Penn Station in Baltimore.

After several years living in Seattle, he now lives in a historic Tudor home in Baltimore with his beautiful wife and their two cats.