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.
Claire Milner is an English pop artist celebrated for her extraordinarily affecting, bejeweled Swarovski images of icons and endangered species designed to make us think about the nature of all beautiful things. She is a crystal revolutionary; an agent provocateur in paint and crystals! Milner is the quietest, most caring and sweetest of agent provocateurs. She likes to let her paintbrush and consummate manipulation of glamour; fashion and opulence do the talking. Quoting Picasso, she says, ‘Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.’ Now that’s clever. Seduce with heart-stopping beauty and charisma and then stick the dagger in.
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.
Talented artist Claire Milner offers a unique take on hyperrealistic paintings by using colorful gemstones to recreate breathtaking, but sadly endangered creatures. Her works of art are majestic as well as thought-provoking. Talking about endangered animals is one thing, but seeing them evokes a whole other emotional response that gets people active. Milner’s work does just that by using opulent Swarovski crystals to recreate dozens of animals that are close to extinction.
Milner created the admired, “Blue Marilyn” Monroe portrait for Rihanna, which offers a haunting, multi-faceted insight into the duality of celebrity.. On first examination, we see the familiar, iconic image of Monroe, the other worldly film goddess, all eyes, hair, pout and twinkling star power. Look more closely, and the portrait is suffused with sadness, vulnerability and light and shade. Marilyn is blue, as blue as an Arctic winter. Similarly, in a portrait of Amy Winehouse, Milner captures the spirit, energy and ingénue sweetness of Amy Winehouse. A female Warhol, Milner is reviving the ancient mosaic techniques in Byzantine art, and mixed media, to create dazzling art that clashes nature with consumption.
Rihanna has bought one of her portraits and her work is being snapped up by collectors across the globe.
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.
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 Jean - a commentary on the life of a celebrity. 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.
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!!
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.
..a painstaking accomplishment.
..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 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!
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!
I love her facial expression in this picture.. It captures her beauty, but also the torment that was constant in her thoughts.