An architect converted into an artist to explore time’s mysteries. Quentin Carnaille was born in 1984 in Roubaix, northern France. The young man was never an exceptional scholar until his artistic talent was revealed while studying architecture in Belgium.
In 2008, a year before graduating, the 24 year-old architect created a pair of cufflinks as a gift for his father. The pieces were crafted from two mechanical watch movements from the 1930’s. A month later, the cufflinks find their way to the “Louvre des Antiquaires” in Paris in Mr Arka’s stall, a well-known antiques dealer.
After graduating, Quentin Carnaille went through various professional training in sales, finance and legal, accumulating experience to become an entrepreneur.
In parallel, his creations multiply, his first exhibitions take place and the artist wins several awards. One of the prizes enables him to open his own workshop/boutique in Lille (France) thanks to the label “Maison de mode”. He lives in the boutique’s basement for eight months in order to work day and night.
The young artist then develops an increasingly thorough reflection around the notion of time, questioning themes like infinity or relativity. “Time doesn’t exist,” says Carnaille, “it is simply the result of a constant human motivation to materialize it!” He also draws a parallel between watchmaking and architecture; a parallel he will explore in more depth through his sculptures, as a culmination of his philosophical and artistic path.