"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
Claire A Milner has created art for celebrities, large corporations, advertising agencies and private clients around the world. Her 5ft x 5ft portrait of Marilyn Monroe, owned by Rihanna is featured on the Official website of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe. Her Swarovski artwork has received global recognition, and her work is regularly published in books and magazines. Her artworks are held in private collections in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Trinidad, U.K. & the U.S.A. In 2011 Claire's business was chosen as a winner of a competition hosted by retail magnate and Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis and shortly after she was chosen as a winner of a competition hosted by one of Britain's most successful businesswomen; Jacqueline Gold. In 2013 her work was chosen for five separate featured collections with Saatchi Art and was featured by Swarovski alongside prestigious designers in Swarovski Elements Magazine. Her portrait of Amy Winehouse appeared in an exhibition in London curated by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to mark what would have been the late singer's 30th birthday. In 2014 Claire's Swarovski crystal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was exhibited with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery at AAF Hong Kong and Singapore.
Claire's new collection focusing on endangered species, has been described as metaphors of our time. One year in the making, involving hours of research into the threats facing these creatures and the painstaking application of tens of thousands of crystals. The collection is all about contrasts; between the technical precision of the crystal mosaics, undercut by the ominous nature of the painted backgrounds; the references to classical literature written as graffiti, the abstract elements juxtaposed with realist forms, and handprints symbolizing the birth of art and the destruction of the planet.
Categories: Mixed Media