At the publication of our issue 74, we launched a reader interview with poet Betsy Sholl. This season, please send us your questions for sacred art writer and curator of the website Sacred Art Pilgrim, John A. Kohan, who published an essay on the life and art of Sadao Watanabe for our issue 75.
John A. Kohan worked at Time magazine for twenty-two years as an associate editor and correspondent, serving as Moscow bureau chief during the period of Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms. He settled in Cyprus in 1996, where he began collecting and writing about contemporary sacred art. He now lives most of the year in the US. He owns the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection and directs the Art in the Sanctuary exhibition program at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Delaware, Ohio.
John Kohan's calling to sacred art began early: "Sacred art has been a lifelong preoccupation, judging from the earliest sketch of mine my mother saved. It is a pencil illustration of Jesus’ parable of “The Sower and the Seed” (in a style not unlike that of Contemporary American Artist Cy Twombly!), drawn when I was a child of six or so, attending a Baptist Church Sunday School in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s." You can read more about Kohan's life in his own words on his website.
Art above: Sadao Watanabe, The Good Samaritan. 1966.