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'FADING TO ABSTRACTION'
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'FADING TO ABSTRACTION' Painting

Claire Milner

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 35.4 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 D in

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This painting is unstretched and shipped in a tube, there is a generous border to allow for stretching and framing if required. Chosen as Painting of the Day by Contemporary British Painting - an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting. Featured in Create! Magazine and The flux Review. Exhibited in Shrine Gallery New York Group Show virtual exhibition and selected for Create! Magazine global online group show curated by Gita Joshi. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 90cm x 90cm 2020 The work spotlights the intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, the six creatures hidden and revealed in this painting represent the sixth mass extinction. The integral self-portrait represents the fact that ‘Everything is Connected’ and our future is inherently attached to that of the natural world. The painting was created in response to the devastating news from the WWF Living Planet Report which demonstrated an average 68% fall in almost 21,000 wildlife populations in just the last 50 years. Painted during the Coronavirus lockdown, this contemplative portrait depicts a life’s work raising awareness about the plight of keystone species, climate change and habitat loss. Realistic and abstract elements coexist alongside carefully selected art historical references, such as the self-portraits of Frida Khalo. Inspired by a love of Africa and recalling time spent living there, the work accentuates the uneasy juxtaposition of abundance and loss. This self-portrait simultaneously offers the ideal of a future where we live in harmony with nature and each other, yet also presents a sense of urgency as the six creatures are fading and some are difficult to identify.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:35.4 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 D in

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British artist Claire Milner was famously commissioned to create the Blue Marilyn portrait for Rihanna, widely featured by the global media, but her personal body of work is made up of paintings inspired by her time spent in Africa focusing on social and environmental issues. An artist member of the Gallery Climate Coalition, she works in collections which are continuously evolving around the theme of nature, our place within it and encroachment upon it. Environmental references such as climate change and mass extinction have been the central focus of her image making for more than two decades. Her artworks include diverse mediums including paint, paper and collage, and as a signifier of her familial ties to Italy, she sometimes incorporates the ancient art of mosaic - famous for animal depictions – and crystal methodologies as a symbiosis of past and present. Her portrayal of animals’ interchanges between the metaphoric and the literal, yet the impact of humanity remains implicit, even when the human figure is absent or plays a minor role in the composition. Her process begins with extensive research, engaging in hours of study, compiling statistics and viewing painful imagery of the consequences of poaching, habitat loss and climate change. A great deal of consideration is given to the integration of this material into the final composition, where realistic and abstract elements coexist, alongside carefully selected art historical references and themes from classical literature forming a balance of topical and historical narratives. Milner’s work has been displayed in museum exhibitions in the UK and her paintings have been widely featured in the global media including the BBC, BLOUIN ARTINFO, Channel News Asia, Elle, Forbes, Huffington Post Arts, The Observer, Save Virunga, The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue Paris and Vogue India. Most recent features include: An in-depth article entitled ‘Artist Claire Milner Addresses Climate Change, Mass Extinction and Pollution’ in Musings Magazine which interviews thought-leaders and artists in the philanthropic and social impact space, published by Susan Rockefeller; a feature in The Observer in 2020 alongside pioneering artist Judy Chicago’s Create Art for Earth campaign and interviews in The Curator’s Salon and The FLUX Review in 2021. ‘Everything is Connected’ from the Anima Mundi collection was chosen as Painting of the Day by Contemporary British Painting.

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