Quentin Carnaille



1984 | Born in Roubaix, France

2008 | Entered the art world by using watch mechanisms to create cufflink. This

Resulted in a series of jewelry celebrating human creativity and the aesthetics

of mechanisms.

2009 | Graduated from the Art Institute of Saint Luc, Tournai, Belgium

2012 | “The Last Watch” – A project featuring a timepiece whose time is frozen,

raising questions about the subjectivity of time. Exhibited at style space

Colette, Paris.

2013 | Created “Apesanteur” – his first sculpture using magnetic levitation.

2014 | Created “Origine” – geometrical shapes of the sphere combined with a circle

transforms into a sculptural form whose aesthetic highlights the analogy

between the notions of time and space.

2015 | Created “Apparition” – a study which questions themes such as the frivolous

and the ephemeral, with an artwork that disappears over time, with only its

residue left to prove that it ever existed.



2015 :  Le Marche du Temps, HUBLOT boutique Vendôme, Paris, France

2015  :  Art Up ! Lille

2015  :  Galerie Marie-Thérèse Prosperi, Luxembourg

2014  :  Galerie Daniel Besseiche, Knokke, Belgium

2014  :  MAD Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014  :  Galerie Joyce, Paris, France

2014  :  Cité de la Mode et de Design, Paris, France

2014  :  Art Up ! Lille

2013  :  MAD Gallery, Genève, Switzerland

2013  :  Lille Art Fair


“I’ve always had a taste for manipulating things and following through on my ideas. It all started during my architecture studies, when I used mechanisms from watches to create a pair of cufflinks for my father. In architecture we can do anything as long as it’s rooted in reality. It was in that moment I understood that anything is possible with will power and hard work.

My project is to bring a touch of magic but with a scientific eye. Of course, this requires a lot of discipline. There is one thing all creations have in common: time, and infinity of reading. Time is a concept that concerns us and that we try to materialize by all means. For my part, I try to intellectualize it instinctively and systematically. Regarding the sculptures, they are always done with magnets which are magnetized in clockwork mechanisms. Note that the realization of a figurative piece requires between 500-800 magnets and a lot of patience.

These are works of art! The message speaks of obsolescence of mechanical watch making in a digital world. The world has changed in less than a century, from the value of work to the immediacy of pleasure. The artist is always the reflection of his time. I have for a long time worked on a series of reinterpretations of great works of art but also on a series questioning the origin of the most astronomical time, infinity, then the weightlessness and gravity. Among reinterpreted works is “Marche du Temps”, meaning “On time”.