Claire Milner’s Early Career
Claire Milner was born in Yorkshire and studied at Coventry University, earning a BA in Graphic Design. She simultaneously attended a Foundation in Art & Design at Harrogate College of Art. Claire Milner is an artist member of the Gallery Climate Coalition. Her work has raised substantial funds for environmental organisations worldwide and won awards for raising awareness of threats facing keystone species. Commissioned by Virginia Mckenna, she recently created a painting for The Born Free Foundation. Joanna Lumley purchased the work.
Style and Inspiration
Critically acclaimed as metaphors of our time, Claire's paintings and collages explore the effects of humans on other species and ecosystems. With a visual language that speaks for the climate and nature, Claire creates highly nuanced animal and celebrity art with political and cultural undertones. Taking influence from art history, classical literature, fashion, architecture, science and the natural world, Claire produces a vigorously meaningful mosaic of literal and symbolic imagery. Incorporating precious stones and beautiful, illustrative colours, the artist creates bedazzling works that expose the war of consumption on nature.
Exhibitions and Collections
Claire's artworks are widely collected - most famously, Rihanna commissioned a portrait of Marilyn Monroe to be made from 65,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals. The Blue Marilyn featured in a special edition of Vogue Paris, guest-edited by Rihanna in a profile of her favourite things. Claire's work regularly features in the global media, including the BBC, BLOUIN ARTINFO, Elle, Forbes, Huffington Post Arts, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue, and Musings Magazine.