ROBBY BOLLEYN

Fine Art Photography

Quoi ma gueule?, 2014


“Quoi ma gueule?” or “What’s about my face?” is a series of in-depth studies of African masks.
Every one of these masks is an extremely rare collector’s item, owned by Jo De Buck.


Jo De Buck is a well-known Tribal Art gallery owner in Brussels and freelance expert at Sotheby’s, and is internationally renowned in the world of African tribal art. He has been working at the highest level of his field for more than 20 years.
Sensing Robby’s ability to go beyond the subject and reveal its mystical energy, Jo invited Robby to create a selection of images of these very rare art objects.


An African mask is much more than a simple portrait; it is an intermediary between the divine or other spiritual identities and the secular world of the living.
To really appreciate the true beauty of an African mask it is important to understand the reason for its existence, the ritual context it was made for and the mystical meaning it held for the artist who created it.


As a photographer of such art, Robby believes it is essential to find a balance between the ethnological and the artistic approach. By approaching the masks only from an artistic point of view, the images could never be complete and would partly neglect the original meaning of the masks.
Robby Bolleyn created his pictures honouring the spiritual identity, in order to go beyond the visual qualities of such mystical pieces of art.


The limited edition prints are printed on 100% cotton rag natural white Hahnemühle “William Turner” paper. This genuine mould-made paper is naturally age resistant and complies with the highest lifespan requirements and has an extremely-high colour gamut and black density.


Each print has been personally signed and numbered by the artist and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity to guarantee that the high quality limited edition print is the only copy bearing this number.


Under a dark sky, 2013


This selection of images of African animals is the result of a series of extensive safaris in Tanzania over a period of several years. Robby wanted to portray the African animals as mysterious creatures - magical and graceful - while capturing their wildness and savagery. Searching for penetrating portraits, he wished to present the African animal kingdom in an unusual and authentic manner. The animals were not to be viewed with a merely observant eye, but were to be examined with much more depth. Each image had to be a challenge, every single time.


All images were taken in Tanzania in natural conditions, mainly within the Serengeti-ecosystem, from a Landrover or on foot. When on foot, Robby was always accompanied by an armed ranger.


The limited edition prints are printed on 100% cotton rag natural white Hahnemühle “William Turner” paper. This genuine mould-made paper is naturally age resistant and complies with the highest lifespan requirements and has an extremely-high colour gamut and black density.


Each print has been personally signed and numbered by the artist and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity to guarantee that the high quality limited edition print is the only copy bearing this number.