VISIONARY REVUE

ALPES MARITIMES
1962 - 1973

      It was during this period that Johfra met Ellen Lórien, who had studied painting at the Grande Chaumière in Paris for several years. Initially, she was a friend of Diana’s from the Lectorium. She even lived with the couple for a time to learn their old masters’ techniques. When Johfra’s relationship with Diana fell apart, he followed Ellen to Amsterdam. They eventually married in 1973.

JOHFRA AND ELLEN
JOHFRA AND ELLEN LORIEN
ON THE COTE D'AZURE

 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

      In 1964, Johfra and Ellen built a small wooden cabin in Aspremont, a mountainous region in the South of France. Thus began his self-imposed exile from his native Holland, which was to last for the remainder of his life.

HUT IN ALPES MARITIMES
ELLEN LORIEN BEFORE THEIR WOODEN CABIN

      The hut where they lived was small: one room loaded with books, a bunk bed, canvases and a cat. To stand back from his painting, Johfra had to go out the door. Nevertheless, the two artists lived happily in these small confines, producing work after work.

INSIDE THE CABIN
INSIDE THE CABIN

      While he continued to expose his paintings at Galerie Mokum in Amsterdam, Johfra also had his first French exhibitions in 1966 - first in Cannes, then in Monaco. Soon after, he had his first Paris exhibition in the bookstore gallery Le Soleil dans la Tête on rue Vaugirard.


 
 
 


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