"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 (essentially, a crystal mosaic), it has a raw truth about it. Just look at those eyes, the set of the mouth, and the drawn hollows of the cheeks. 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
"It looks absolutely A-MAZING!
As far as extravagant purchases are concerned, this has gotta be one of the best ones we've seen in a long time!!!"
Perez Hilton, Celebrity Blogger & TV Personality
"This is an investment guaranteed to make a statement. Mosaic artist, Claire Milner has had some high-profile clients, not surprisingly, when her portraits are produced solely of Swarovski crystals."
"Rihanna has bought one of her portraits and her work is being snapped up by collectors across
“Great piece in Beyond mag about Claire Milner, for her dazzling Swarovski masterpieces”
"Claire Milner is the artistic genius behind the popular Marilyn Monroe 5ft x 5ft Swarovski crystal portrait. As you can see, the attention to detail in the portrait is flawless down to the strands of Marilyn’s hair!"
Poshology, Online Magazine
"Rihanna purchased this Marilyn Monroe artwork made out of 65,000 SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS, it weighs 182 pounds and measures 5 by 5 feet, made by artist Claire Milner.
All we can say is - WOW!"
The official Marilyn Monroe Facebook page
"I love her facial expression in this picture.. It captures her beauty, but also the torment that was constant in her thoughts."
Comment via the official Marilyn Monroe Facebook page
"..the eyes are windows to the soul. And here all the work of the crystals, their colour, and the play with light and shadow give an interesting depth to Marilyn’s eyes. Beautiful, impressive and truly emotional.
In all her celebrity portraits, the artist touches something more intimate and personal. Simply breath taking."
"Claire Milner’s work of Monroe for Rihanna, is a true work of a crafts person. It’s easy on the eye and will be enjoyed. Yet at the same time there is a tale of caution for everyone in the piece. Really quite inspirational to artists everywhere."
Tony Scrivener, Artist
"..I can't wait for OK magazine to take us inside Rihanna's lovely Beverly Hills home, so we can see if the rest of her decor is of the same aesthetic standard."
Via Gazette & Herald