Wednesday, January 11, 2017

British painter revives Christian ancient art form of iconography in occupied West Bank

By Raf Sanchez
Mr Knowles is working on several projects for UK churches, including a cross for Litchfield Cathedral
ISRAEL---In the charged context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the work became a media sensation but most of Jan Knowles’s work in the occupied West Bank is much quieter. Since 2010 he has run the Bethlehem Icon Centre, a school and workshop where students can learn the 6th century art of iconography. Today he passes that passion on to students of all kinds, from local Palestinian Christians who study with him for free to foreign visitors who can pay £200 to spend a week learning iconography just a few hundred yards from the Church of the Nativity. [link]