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Painting & Crystal


CRYSTAL MOSAIC COLLECTION

A female Warhol, Milner is reviving the ancient mosaic techniques of Byzantine art, combined with painting, to create dazzling art that clashes nature with consumption.
— Ethical Hedonist Magazine
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.
— Inspired Economist

RECENT NEWS

'THE UNKNOWN' SOLD TO JOANNA LUMLEY

Claire recently supported the Born Free Foundation to highlight their 'Beyond the Bars' campaign at a gala event held at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London with the auction of a painting from the 'Holocene Twilight' collection. The allegorical artwork entitled 'The Unknown' was inspired by an original idea from actress and animal activist Virginia McKenna and purchased by actress and activist Joanna Lumley.

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'OCEAN RAINFOREST' IS ARTIVISM WINNER

Claire's work was recently featured by Oceanic Global in 'The Current'. Her painting entitled ‘Ocean Rainforest’ featuring coral reefs and sea turtles went on to win the Artivism Challenge, following which it was exhibited during Art Basel Miami. This artwork is from the ‘Anthropocene Extinction’ collection. The competition utilised the visual arts to raise awareness about six critical issues impacting our ocean. The judges included Susan Rockefeller, Dustin Yellin, Aaron Levi Garvey, Doumi Busturia, Alexandre Arrechea and Zaria Forman. 

MARILYN PORTRAIT IN VOGUE PARIS GUEST EDITED BY RIHANNA

A recent special edition of Vogue Paris  guest edited by Rihanna profiled her favourite things entitled ‘Her passions, her style, her friends, her family, the magical world of Rihanna’. It included the Swarovski crystal portrait of Marilyn Monroe which Claire created for her.

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This portrait by the artist CLAIRE MILNER is at home in New York. She makes portraits of celebrities a bit like Warhol, but in her case, the Swarovski crystals replace the serigraphic technique. I find fascinating the shadows, the nuances, and the emotions that she manages to express thanks to subtle games of colored crystals. I am in love with this work. And I am in love with Marilyn. What is more moving than these candid eyes?
— Rihanna
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Swarovski Marilyn


Swarovski Marilyn


 

'BLUE MARILYN' PORTRAIT COMMISSION FOR RIHANNA

THE most striking thing about North Yorkshire artist Claire Milner’s stunning portrait of Marilyn Monroe commissioned for Rihanna isn’t its size (five feet square), or the fact that it’s made out of thousands of Swarovski crystals.. What hits you is that it has a raw truth about it. A real fragility and vulnerability is captured. There is another haunting secret to it, too. Claire painted a second portrait on the reverse, 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.
— York Press
It’s all about the detail for Claire Milner, the stellar British talent behind the portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Claire’s philosophical approach is revealed in the surprising hidden portrait painted on the reverse that represents the young Norma Jeane - a commentary on the life of a celebrity. Her richly diverse sources of inspiration include ancient art, popular culture and Shakespeare. This is reflected in a dynamic adaptability, from a mosaic depicting under-sea volcanoes to iconic portraiture.
— Swarovski
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Oil Painting


Oil Painting


PAINTING COLLECTION

The artistic opus of Claire Milner is largely drawn from the artist’s desire to inscribe environmentalist discourse in art. On a similar trail of examining human behaviour in crises, Milner considers topics of identity, gender and displacement. The artist uses her work as a device for social and political debate.
— Widewalls
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Her works of art are majestic as well as thought-provoking.
— Trendhunter
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Rihanna has bought one of her portraits and her work is being snapped up by collectors across the globe.
— Beyond Magazine