Graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris, Quentin Germain‘s work is inspired by his own travels (Brazil, Lebanon, China, the former Yugoslavia) and his fascination for archaeology. He is a great admirer of the German Romantics, his paintings convey the notion of the sublime, which is also dear to some of his contemporaries such as Anselm Kiefer. He is also inspired by scientific imagery and cinematic atmospheres.
Quentin Germain is an artist haunted by the relationship between man and his environment. An observer of the invisible, he is interested in what we see without looking, what goes unnoticed. At the Beaux-Arts in Paris, he began working on “No-places”: motorways, car parks, areas, anonymous and ignored landscapes. Since 2017, he has been depicting an unreal world with familiar overtones, between genesis and ruin. The resulting paintings present nocturnal visions where man is totally absent, but nevertheless perceptible through the traces he has left.
Recently, Quentin Germain has started a series of underwater landscapes. His paintings, where man is definitely, almost hopelessly absent – except for a few clues such as an abandoned chair – captivate and draw the viewer into a deep, dark world, illuminated by the artist’s eye.