Fairytale Time

From an early age, the fantasy world of fairies impressed Johfra. At a very young age he is fascinated by A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare as well as later on by Tolkien's The Lord of the Ring, from which Ellen Lórien derives her paintersname. Elementals, nature spirits like elves, fairies, gnomes, sylphs, ondines. Mythological figures, mythical creatures, dragons, devas, angels. All ongoing populate the work of Johfra and those of Ellen. There is a strong link with a solid connection with nature. Johfra is above all a natural mystic who worships the Great Mother, that nature is. The miraculous creation that feeds him and that has driven him away from the teachings of the Rosicrucians, in which nature is seen as a natural death, which is impossible for him to reconcile.

La licorne du littoral (1991)

The reconciliation between
Titiana and Oberon (1994)

Peaceful journey (1991)

It was in his early years that the Hague forest brings him in delight, and later on in the rugged beauty of the Alpes-Maritimes, and yet later on in the heavenly wealth of the Périgord he revels in the compassion of the mysterious silence of nature. In many paintings, he knows to portray this spell masterfully.

Dragon (1982)

Phoenix (1982)

Basilisk (1981)

Gryphon (1982)

Cerberus and Orpheus (1982)

Sirens (1981)

Between 1980 and 1982, Johfra is working on a second poster series commissioned by Engel Verkerke with Fantastic Beasts as subject: unicorns, fauns, Sphinx, Gorgon, centaur, dragon, hydra, griffin, Bacchus, harpies, sirens, sea horses, phoenix, basilisk, Pan, Pegasus, Triton, 17 pieces in total.

The fairy of the great mystery (1988)

Elf appears between cat's-tails (1992)

This is me with my flower (1988)

In 1989, the book Elfes, fées et gnomes is released, with pictures of works of Johfra, Ellen Lórien and Carjan (Car Verheul). Paintings and drawings by Johfra, paintings by Ellen. The figurines made by Carjan fit in very well with this theme.

In 1990, the filmmaker Robin Lutz (son of his former college friend Gerard Lutz) comes to France. He makes a film about the work of Johfra and Ellen. The film, entitled The World of Johfra is broadcast on May 14, 1991 by TROS television and shows how Johfra is in his element in the Périgord.

In 1994 and 1995 the Ellen in Wonderland series is created and in 1996, the Apotheosis of this series. Nine paintings in which Ellen Lórien has a leading role in several dream worlds.