Bruno Torfs World of Imagination

16 Dec

We left Narbethong at the top of the Upper Yarra alpine mountain range and headed down into a valley below, destination was the township of Marysville.

Our aim was to visit the art and sculpture gardens of the noted artist Bruno Torfs. A little of the background of the artist as outlined in his book,Bruno was born 5th November 1955 in South America.

From his early recollections he likes to recall his favourite story being that his father found him in a basket floating in the famous Piranha river in South America.

Bruno displayed an awakening to the artistic world and developed his talents at an early age, he moved with his family to Europe at 15 where his talents flourished, he married a fellow artist and took on a bohemian lifestyle,he trekked by foot over the Himalayas, bicycled throughout India, and in general lived the artistic lifestyle that was flourishing throughout Europe at that time.

Bruno ,with his wife and children now, moved to Marysville where he began to build, what was to become Bruno;s Art and Sculpture garden, his gallery houses his beautiful art paintings whilst his garden is home to over 150 ornate,unusual terracotta sculptures, the garden is laid out over a vast area and beautifully blends with the ferns and trees that create a veritable fairyland.

The sculptures are a delight to all who visit, they encompass all areas of the imagination, whether for children or adults, he leaves his sculptures open for interpretation to the individual.

Sadly, in 2009, bushfires razed the town to ashes, Bruno;s gallery included, all his terracotta statues and paintings were destroyed.

The town is again coming to life and buildings are rising daily, and such is Bruno;s gallery and sculpture garden, he has painstakingly with love and determination recreated his dream, recreating his sculptures from the remnants of the fires.

Bruno is an artist in his own right and not only a national treasure but reveered on the international scene, a affable loveable guy with a great sense of imagination and humour.

I want to share these pictures with you off our recent sojourn up into the mountains to visit this wonderful, breathtaking world.

However I will explain two exhibits, the first is a painting of a female on canvas that hangs in his gallery, on inspection the painting is torn and appears to be unfinished or repaired, Bruno explains the story thus.

As the 2009 bushfire was burning his beloved studio and gardens to the ground, he grabbed the only piece of work he could save as the fire beat at his door,he grabbed his unfinished painting and jumped into his car and quickly headed out of town to safety, on the road he noticed a big black dog racing down the road escaping the bushfire that was following, Bruno stopped the car and gave the unfortunate escapee a lift, the dog ,getting comfortable in the arms of salvation, prominently put a large furry paw through the painting.

The painting, with tear, now hangs in the rebuilt studio, unfinished in one sense, but for Bruno is finished in a way that appears to be a legacy of time and nature.

The second picture I will explain is a sculpture in his garden of sculptures, it is not exactly a sulpture as such, but is actually the remnants of his beloved motorbike that did not survive the fiery flames, again a legacy of a horrendous time.

The remainder of the pics are of his vast array of rebuilt terracotta sculptures throughout his gardens, I leave them to your perusal and appreciation,you may care to zoom in and you will see the many unusual pieces that goes into the overall work.

I hope you enjoy your visit into the magical world of one of Australia;s greatest sculpturer and artist.

I leave you in the dreamworld and imaginations of Bruno Torfs.



Please bear in mind the pics are copyright of the photographer but more importantly the artist Bruno himself


Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


23 responses to “Bruno Torfs World of Imagination

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    June 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    This is a first timer Emu.. totally missed this one mate.. And ooooh how I loved Bruno’s art and sculptures.. Totally fantastic.. each one so unique with character.. Born a year after me 🙂 Good Decade that. 🙂
    I have gazed through these several times.. Delightful Post Ian.. 🙂 thank you for the digging into your archives.. Keep digging I bet I missed loads..

    Have a great day..
    Sue 🙂

    • The Emu

      June 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Hi Sue, great that I finally found a first time read for you to have a look at.
      Bruno’s gallery is a whole world of imagination for all children, including adult children.
      We have visited twice now, he’s always adding something new.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        June 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        It was a wonderful post Ian, that I delighted in dwindling long over 🙂 Thank you 🙂

        • The Emu

          June 27, 2015 at 2:00 am

          Thanks Sue, best wishes for a great weekend.

  2. reocochran

    June 14, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    So creative and gorgeous use of imagination, Ian. Sorry to hear of destruction and hope for Bruno to overcome this horrible obstacle of fire damage mentioned on another post.

    • The Emu

      June 17, 2015 at 5:31 am

      Hi Robin, Bruno certainly is a great artist with a great imagination.
      After the 2009 bush fires the whole community rallied around him, as the town was rebuilt, so was his gallery.
      Glad you enjoyed his works.
      Kind regards.

  3. The Emu

    June 12, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Reblogged this on Welcome To Aussie Emus World.

  4. sudiste1359

    January 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

    thanks for the visit Ian,

    • The Emu

      January 4, 2013 at 2:38 am

      My pleasure Sudiste, hope your new year is starting in a great way, here it is currently 41 degrees and damn hot.
      Wishing you well my friend.

  5. Renee Espriu

    December 31, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Amazingly gifted. I love the creativity of anyone who can sculpt or carve something from either would or some kind of stone. Thank you for sharing.

    • The Emu

      December 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Greetings Dear Renee, the sculptures were fantastic, we hope to return again in the new year.
      I wish you a beautiful new year full of peace and prosperity, thank you for being my friend over the years.
      Aussie Ian aka Aussie Emu

  6. natswans

    December 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Oh These Sculptures are really amazing I love them all , thank you for sharing this today. I must say I’ve never seen anything quite like those before.

    Best Wishes

    • The Emu

      December 22, 2012 at 1:57 am

      Hi Sheila , glad you appreciated my story on the sculptures, we are hoping to return in the new year as there is so much we didn;t get to see, overall it was a magical tour of an artists imagination.

  7. Clowie

    December 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Those sculptures are incredible!

    • The Emu

      December 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Clowie , lovely to hear from you, glad you enjoyed this blog.
      I do hope you are well and I wish you a very merry Christmas with your family and friends.

  8. Androgoth

    December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

    You have added a fine posting here Ian
    and those sculptures are brilliant, you are
    right his artistry is excellen 🙂

    Thank you for adding this
    one Ian it is very interesting 🙂


    • The Emu

      December 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this blog Androgoth, I had much enjoyment touring and photographing the gardens.
      Hope to return in the new year and get more pics, there is so much to see.

  9. prenin

    December 16, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I remember a report on this guy and his art I read while we were still on WLS.

    My memory is hazy, but I have the feeling it was one of yours – or am I off with the fairies again? LoL!!!

    Thanks for the pictures though Ian – this guy IS a treasure!!! 🙂

    Merry Christmas my friend!!! 🙂


    • The Emu

      December 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Glad you enjoyed that post Prenin, I have never written on it before as November this year was my first visit to his gallery.
      I do hope to return again in the new year as there is still so much to see.
      Wishing you well my friend.
      Aussie Emu

  10. wonkywizard

    December 16, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Excellent, very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Emu

      December 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Glad you enjoyed that story of my trip my friend.
      I hope to return again in the new year.
      Wishing you and your family a beautiful and happy Christmas.
      Aussie Emu

      • cat

        December 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Happy Xmas, my friend Emu … thanks for showing Bruno’s Art and his story … I feel kind of a kinship to him and his art … espessially because he was born in ’55 as well … we are a hardy bunch … Love, cat. (Forget me not ever, eh?, Ian)

        • The Emu

          December 17, 2012 at 1:03 am

          A very happy Christmas to you dear Cat, hope its a really great season for you.
          Forget me not, never, you have been around me for a long time now and true friends stick together, even on wordpress.
          Sending you much love.


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