The House of Peace is a project that seeks to use the power of visual art to convey the message of interfaith harmony. Towards this aim, the Khalili Foundation commissioned five large paintings from renowned British cityscape artist Ben Johnson, which together create a vision of peace between the three Abrahamic faiths. By exhibiting the House of Peace worldwide, the Foundation hopes it might, in some small way, bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians and show them that there is far more that unites than divides them.
The first four include a panorama of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, the Christian Quarter and the Dome of the Rock. The fifth painting, de- signed by Sir David himself, depicts a Circle of Peace, a kaleido- scope of the word “peace” in Hebrew, English and Arabic. The Circle centers on the eternal light surrounded by the name of the Almighty in the same three languages.
Panoramic view of Jerusalem, acrylic on canvas, 400 × 200 cm
The Western Wall, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 200 cm
The Christian Quarter, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 200 cm
The Dome of the Rock, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 200 cm
The Circle of Peace, acrylic on canvas (full), 200 × 200 cm Designed by Nasser D. Khalili
The Circle of Peace, acrylic on canvas (detail), 200 × 200 cm Designed by Nasser D. Khalili
House of Peace Concept
*The five House of Peace art works were created by Ben Johnson, commissioned by the Khalili Foundation which [jointly] owns the copyright. This photograph of the work is released here under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA licence.