Koos Weel – The Biggest Johfra Bosschart Collection in the World

Johfra Bosschart – The Adoration of Pan (1979)

 The Biggest Johfra Bosschart Collection in the World

Google Johfra and you will find an Endless Stream of World Famous Art Works. Many Communities write about the Major Influence Johfra Bosschart has had over the World. From Colombia to Australia, from The United States to his Home Country The Netherlands. Although Many People will recognize the Zodiac Paintings that have been published as Posters in the 70 S, Not Everyone knows about the Absolute Pioneer of Fantastic Realism in The Netherlands and his Mind Boggling Oeuvre. There is A Good Reason for it. Not Only has the Artist Struggled with his Underdog Status All the Way Up to his Death in 1998, but the Biggest Johfra Collection in the World has Stayed Hidden in Storage for Decades.

Johfra, Midnight mystery, Oil on panel
Johfra, Midnight Mystery, Oil on Panel, 69 x 100 cm, 1971

H.R. Giger and Rardy van Soest

Viktor Safonkin, HR Giger and Rardy van Soest in Gruyères at the HR Giger Museum.

Johfra & Van Soest, 1997, The Netherlands.

Johfra & Van Soest, 1997, The Netherlands

It is Wonderful to See that Johfra S Art has found A New Audience and is being talked about Internationally. Occult, Fantasy and Sci Fi Lovers around the World are Re Discovering his Works and are realizing the Impact his Art has had on Movies, Comics, Video Games and on Contemporary Art in general.

I am one of those Johfra Lovers. After studying Art History and working in the Art World for around 10 Years I met Van Soest in Person. Although his Collection does not fit into the Traditional Art World, I was Completely Captivated by the Amazing Art Works he has gathered. Names like HR Giger, Viktir Safonkin, Alexander Kostetsky, Zdzisław Beksiński and of course Johfra. He made Clear to me that he had tried to Create A Museum for his Collection Numerous Times but at the Same Time had some Serious Setbacks when it comes to his Personal Health. I have spent Days talking to Van Soest about the Art Works but especially about the Endless Source of Wild Stories about the Artists he forged A Personal Relationship with. For Van Soest the Collection as it stands Today is Complete by having published the Catalog. He sees it as A Manifestation of his Life Work. He is Ready to Pass It On and is looking to Sell the Entire Collection as A Whole and is hoping an Investor will make Sure it ends up in A Place where the Public can enjoy A Curated Selection of Imaginary Realism. That means the Biggest Johfra Bosschart Collection in the World is Looking for A New Home.

Johfra - Psychological self-portrait - Oil on panel

Johfra – Psychological Self Portrait, Oil on panel – 53 x 70 cm, 1996

Johfra, De Liervogel / The Lyrebird

The Painting that was Salvaged from the Ruins of Johfra’ S Home in the Second World War. Johfra, De Lier Vogel | The Lyre Bird, Oil on Panel, 70 x 50 cm, 1943

van soest collection book

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Artist and Collection Resources

Gallery representing the Collection.
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Johfra Bosschart Occult Surrealism on Dark Art & Craft

Written by Koos Weel – Pathos Gallery

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