Claire Milner has created art for celebrities, large corporations and advertising agencies. Her artworks are held in private collections around the world and have been exhibited internationally. Her work has been displayed in institutional and museum exhibitions in the UK including: Ripon Cathedral, York Minster, Corinium Museum, Canal Museum, Pontefract Museum, Museum in the Park, as well as installations in Harrods and Whiteley's. With connections to Italy and inspired by her studies of Byzantine and Roman mosaics, the artist often incorporates crystals as a contemporary medium to re-interpret this ancient art form.
Her large scale portrait of Marilyn in 65,000 Swarovski crystals commissioned for, and in the private collection of Rihanna, was highlighted on the official website of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe and her work regularly features in publications worldwide. 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.
Passionate about the threats facing endangered species, Claire’s work has raised thousands of pounds for conservation. Most recently “Burning Bright” created with 32,000 Swarovski crystals representing ten times the number of tigers left in the wild was exhibited at Hotel Café Royal, and auctioned at The Savoy Hotel, London in aid of Save Wild Tigers, The Born Free Foundation and The Environmental Investigation Agency.
Claire will once again be supporting the Born Free Foundation at their upcoming black tie event in November 2017 to highlight the 'Beyond the Bars' campaign.
After graduating, Claire Milner travelled extensively, in Australia, Africa and South America. These travels had a great impact as she witnessed firsthand the generosity of those who have the least in life. When Claire returned to the UK she was inspired to create ‘Mother and Child’ which was exhibited in Cambridge. During this time she was approached by the founder of CamFed, to create five similar artworks for the charity which helps fight poverty in Africa by educating and empowering girls.
Claire subsequently worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in London; during this time she was commissioned by many large corporations and publishing companies. At the same time she began creating her own works and taking part in group exhibitions. Her interest in portraiture began when she was commissioned to illustrate collage portraits of Chancellors Gordon Brown and Nigel Lawson, which in turn led to commissions of politicians, central European bankers and company CEOs such as Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Martin Sorrell and Lord Browne. She also researched portraiture in mosaics dating back to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras in a meticulous study of ancient techniques, the result of which was the creation of her own mosaics in a more contemporary Pop Art style. She brings her wealth of experience working in the design and illustration industry as well as her extensive technical knowledge as a mosaic artist to achieve her own instantly recognisable style.