Leaving the Netherlands

In 1963, Johfra gets the chance to sell all his available work in one sale to Mr. Greenberg, an American. With the proceeds Johfra and Ellen Lórien buy a piece of land in Aspremont, located in the Alpes Maritimes in southern France.

In 1964, they have bought all kinds of demolition materials and transported this to Aspremont. With this they built a wooden house. They get acquainted with the unruly nature there under rather primitive conditions, initially devoid of gas and electricity. Both are fighting against nature and against the psychological aftermath of the connection with the Rosicrucians. Yet here Johfra experiences inner liberation and rebirth.

They run out of money quickly. Although there is still a group exhibition in America, organized by Galerie Mokum (Amsterdam), but this would not solve this problem. Shortly hereafter Johfra gets difficulties with the gallery, which leads to termination of the cooperation.


Paysage I (1966)

Vampire (1965)

Hercule combattant le lion (1965)

In this period of hard times, they try to get their work sold in French galleries. Sales does not go really well. Johfra makes money by selling to the Rosicrucians which frequently visit them and kept in touch, mainly because for a short time he has entered the membership at the School again.

Late sixties, they hold some solo exhibitions, including in Paris and Cannes. Johfra and Ellen have now started the construction of a stone house on their land. This house is finished in 1969.

In 1970, a solo exhibition in London follows. In that year the first contact is made with Pierre Borgue, author of Johfra, op de grenzen van het avontuur (translates: Johfra, at the limits of adventure). Johfra will then exhibit in the Netherlands, at Galerie Eijlders (Zandvoort). In 1971 follows the first contact with the Haarlem art critic Hein Steehouwer, the inventor and founder of the meta-realists.


Dehusking (1973)

Midnight Mystery (1971)

The vision of Hermes
Tresmegistos (1972)

In 1973 Johfra receives the order to make the Zodiac Series. Of the twelve paintings, posters are made by Engel Verkerke, which are in great demand worldwide. The paintings are bought by Walter Kamp. This makes it possible to move to the Dordogne.