Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka Carne’s fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms. His work creates a journey of escapism, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.
Originally from Liverpool, he graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in 1995. After completing a one-year KIAD fellowship and moving to London he served an apprenticeship at the longest-established gold wire embroidery firm in the world. Carne produced intricate designs for the military and the film, theatre, fashion and advertising industries. His designs were used for the uniforms in the films Valkyrie, The Last King of Scotland, and in particular his ‘Red Death Coat’ was used in The Phantom of the Opera. Carne’s elaborate floral designs for Asprey were included in their first ever catwalk collection. Since establishing his own studio in 2010 he has exhibited in the UK and overseas.