- Mortality, ideas of beauty in popular culture, and the contradictory and sometimes intertwined concepts of the superficial and the profound are recurring themes. Whilst simultaneously searching for beauty and meaning in both minute detail and the big picture, a darker subtext explores the line between perceptions and preconceptions. Through the use of crystal mosaics, undercut with painting and mixed media, the work questions our consumer driven world, which places great emphasis on celebrity and superficiality. Imbued with symbolism and references to both literature and topical issues within an art historical context, the works hold a mirror up to a society where people, animals and inanimate objects are valued mostly for their physical appearance.
- Claire's work has been widely publicised. Selected publications include: BBC, BBC Brasil, Blouin Artinfo, Complex Magazine, Elle (Spain and Slovenia), Forbes.com, GQ Italia, HELLO! Huffington Post Arts, Huffington Post Celebrity, International Business Times, MTV Style, Newsweek (Poland) OK! (U.K. & China) Swarovski Elements Magazine, Sky Living, The Daily Mail, The Economist (Lithuania), The Sun, The Telegraph and The Times.
- WHAT THEY SAY:
Rihanna has bought one of her portraits and her work is being snapped up by collectors across the globe." Beyond Magazine
- "Her richly diverse sources of inspiration include ancient art and popular culture, as well as music videos and Shakespeare. This is reflected in a dynamic adaptability, from a mosaic depicting under-sea volcanoes to iconic portraiture." Swarovski Elements Magazine
- "THE most striking thing about North Yorkshire artist Claire Milner’s stunning portrait of Marilyn Monroe isn’t its size (five feet square), or the fact that it’s made out of Swarovski crystals – or even that pop star Rihanna paid tens of thousands of pounds for it (although that generated a fair few headlines). What hits you is that, despite its size and the way it was made .. it has a raw truth about it... There is a real fragility and vulnerability captured there. There is another haunting secret to it, too. Claire painted a second portrait on the back, of Norma Jeane Baker... There is something almost unbearably poignant about the thought of that portrait of Norma Jeane forever facing the wall. It makes the revealed face of Marilyn even more moving." Stephen Lewis, York Press
- EXHIBITIONS IN 2014:CURRENT - ENDANGERED ANIMALS, REBECCA HOSSACK GALLERY (LONDON)
MAY/JUNE/JULY - BILS AND RYE (NORTH YORKSHIRE)MAY - REBECCA HOSSACK GALLERY (AAF SINGAPORE)MARCH - REBECCA HOSSACK GALLERY (AAF HONG KONG)FORTHCOMING:SEPTEMBER - BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR MODERN MOSAIC (RHS HARLOW CARR)
Claire's new collection available via the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London, and featured in The Times, has been described as "metaphors of our time". One year in the making, involving hours of research into the threats facing endangered species and the painstaking application of tens of thousands of crystals. The collection is all about contrasts; between the technical precision of the crystal mosaics, undercut by the ominous nature of the painted backgrounds; the references to classical literature written as graffiti, the abstract elements juxtaposed with realist forms, and handprints symbolizing the birth of art and the destruction of the planet.
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@bilsrye Yes thanks! Very busy working on those new ideas I was telling you about. Eyesight a bit blurry now - the down side of crystals..
Sep 12th at 10:14am
Massive week in the studio. Completed initial sketches and ideas - now for the #crystals ..
Sep 12th at 10:12am