VISIONARY REVUE


Detail:
HOMAGE TO CRANACH THE ELDER (1995)
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      Johfra reprised The Witches’ Sabbath in 1997, one year before his death. In the latter work, the composition is different, but the iconography much the same: the Horned God appears at the centre of the composition as Baphomet. In the time between these two versions, Johfra painted a series of larger works with the Horned God as their central focus.


PRIAPUS

      In The Lord of the World (1995), a satirical form of the Devil appears. In Homage to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1995) above, it is Priapus, the Roman form of the god Pan. In The Kingdom of Pluto (1997), it is Pluto, the Greek God of the Underworld.


 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003


Detail:
THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF CERNUNNOS (1993)
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      And in a large canvas with hundreds of figures called The Enchanting World of Cernunnos (1993) above, we meet with the Horned God of the Gauls exactly as he was depicted in the Gundestrup cauldron (left) with the stag’s antlers on his head, and holding a ram-headed snake in one hand and a necklace in the other.

      Johfra's fascination with the Horned God goes back far in time, as an early work such as Satan's Pleasure Garden testifies. But the Horned God makes his greatest appearance in a massive triptych which Johfra laboured upon day and night in 1979.




 
 
 


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