• "At first glance, these sparkling paintings are gorgeous images of endangered animals. Upon closer inspection, however, each work shows a much darker subtext. The hauntingly expressed consequences of poaching, climate change and habitat loss powerfully focus on the plight of some of the world’s most vulnerable species." Aisha Abdelhamid, Inspired Economist

    "Animal conservation and Swarovski crystals, tens of thousands of them. They have much in common, believe it or not. But only when they are in the skilled hands of artist Claire Milner." Christopher Chua, Channel News Asia, Premier Site
  • THE ARTIST:
     
    Claire has created art for celebrities, large corporations and advertising agencies. Her artworks are held in private collections around the world and are regularly published in books and magazines. Her large scale portrait of Marilyn in 65 000 Swarovski crystals commissioned for Rihanna, is also featured on the official website of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe. With strong links to Italy, Claire creates her crystal mosaics as an evolution of her studies of ancient mosaic and they re-emerge with a contemporary perspective. Her work has been chosen for five collections with Saatchi Art and has been featured in Swarovski Elements Magazine. Her portrait of Amy Winehouse appeared in an exhibition curated by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to mark what would have been the late singer's 30th birthday. 
     
    Claire's work has been displayed in institutional and museum exhibitions in the UK including: Ripon Cathedral, York Minster, Corinium Museum, Canal Museum, Museum in the Park, as well as installations in Harrods and Whiteleys. Her work has been widely publicised; selected publications include: BBC, BBC Brasil, Blouin Artinfo, Channel News Asia, 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.
  • "Rihanna has bought one of her portraits and her work is being snapped up by collectors across the globe." Beyond 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
     
    "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 WORK:
     
    ​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. Inspired by her studies of Byzantine and Roman mosaics, the artist uses crystals as a contemporary medium to re-interpret this ancient art form, and in so doing literally reflects back to the viewer the narcissistic propensities of the “selfie” generation. Occasionally undercut with painting and mixed media, and imbued with symbolism and references to both literature and topical issues with art historical antecedents, the work questions our consumer driven world, and mirrors a society where people, animals and inanimate objects are valued mostly for their physical appearance.
     
    Claire's latest collection, recently exhibited in London, and featured in The Times, has been described as "metaphors of our time". It has involved hours of research into the threats facing endangered species and the individual application of tens of thousands of crystals. This series of works examines the effects of humans on other species and questions the ultimate consequences of this escalating crisis. The collection considers the human capacity for greatness and also to do great harm by exploring both thematic and technical juxtapositions. These include singular animals which symbolize the last of the species created with thousands of individual elements, handprints symbolizing at once the birth of art and the destruction of the planet, meticulous crystal mosaics undercut by semi-abstract painted backgrounds and unheeded graffitied warnings in the "dead" language of latin.