Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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  Artist: Claire Milner
 Live in: York, United Kingdom
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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. Exploring the intersections of identity, value systems, memory and mortality, the escalating conflict between civilization and the natural world, our place within it and encroachment upon it. The process involves traditional painting techniques and rigorous mosaic methodologies, which are simultaneously rooted in the historical skills of an ancient art form, and vibrantly contemporary in a medium synonymous with high fashion and luxury; probing our consumer driven world and reflecting a society where people and animals are valued aesthetically and as commodities. The work considers the human capacity for greatness and great harm by accentuating thematic and technical juxtapositions: construction and deconstruction, appearance and disappearance; thousands of individual elements creating singular animals representing the last of the species and precious crystal mosaics undercut by semi-abstract painted backgrounds representing habitat loss. It simultaneously confronts minute detail and the big picture in order to scrutinize perceptions and preconceptions and explore the opposing concepts of the superficial and the profound. With art historical antecedents and references to classical literature, the work develops innovative ways to interpret topical issues. ‘Holocene Twilight: An Allegory of Displacement’ is the second series of works from the artist’s latest collection. It concurrently develops the theme of, and contrasts with the colourful crystal mosaic predecessors. Here, monochromatic oil paintings represent fading memories and loss. A reimagined version of Pietro Longhi’s ‘Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice’ is a starting point for a series of endangered species within urban settings, metaphors for human and animal displacement. 'The Unknown' in the private collection of a U.K. conservationist, is an allegorical painting about socio-political power disparities. It focuses on the little five: leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, buffalo weaver and ant lion, as opposed to the usual 'Big Five' who are concealed in the Rousseau inspired painting. The collection of portraits reveal the viewer’s own reflection, making observer and observed integral to the work, a commentary on a celebrity and selfie culture, a message further enhanced by the close-cropped compositions. The portrait of Marilyn, which is in the collection of Rihanna, clashes the identities of public and private personas. It hides a secret portrait of Norma Jeane on the reverse, created only to face the wall, whilst the Swarovski mirror image of Marilyn Monroe, her famous alter ego stares out at the world. In part a metaphorical introspective representation of the artist's psyche, the work is simultaneously outward looking; Milner explains: "Art doesn't exist in a vacuum, and artists throughout history have chronicled the important issues of the day. The subjects I pursue are extremely personal to my identity and value systems as an environmentalist, yet I believe very strongly that they are also universal and reaching a critical tipping point for every individual regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class or religion. Climate change, our impact on the environment, habitat loss and the current rapid rate of extinction are all issues that could have devastating implications and they represent some of the biggest challenges we face. Without the resolution of these important issues, we may not have the luxury to concern ourselves with others." Claire Milner’s paintings have been widely featured in the media including The BBC, BLOUIN ARTINFO, Channel News Asia, Forbes, Huffington Post Art