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Claire Milner is what we could call a virtuose of light and color. After an amazing Marylin Monroe’s portrait made of 65,000 Swarovski crystals, now she will reveal beginning of September a brilliant portrait of Queen Elisabeth.
swarovski_queen by claire Milner

The “Swarovski Queen” will be exhibited in Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire, UK, as a feature of the Great North Art Show from 1st – 23rd September. It is a prestigious annual exhibition in a magnificent venue – the cathedral has a history dating back over 1300 years. The exhibition will feature artwork by some of the UK’s finest contemporary painters and photographers. The exhibition shows “tomorrow’s art today”. Basically they try to capture the “Air du temps” in a precise and qualitative snapshot of the best artists of today and tomorrow. For more information, please check the official website:

swarovski_queen details by claire Milner

Here is what the artist says about this outstanding portrait:

I created the Swarovski crystal portrait of Queen Elizabeth ll in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee. The portrait incorporates 14,000 Swarovski crystals, including special effects Aurore Boreale crystals, which reflect more than one colour depending on the light and viewing angle. The stone colours I chose to use in this portrait of the British Queen dynamically change from red to white to blue and refract in a rainbow spectrum, each one individually applied by hand. The technique I use of optically mixing colours is influenced by the artists of the pointillist movement and is critical to my work with Swarovski Crystals” – Claire Milner.

swarovski_queen close up by claire Milner

Inspired by the great painters of pointillism, Claire Milner pushes the boundaries of this technique by adding the lighting effect and depth of Swarovski crystals. During this new exhibition, the artist will also display a portrait of David Beckham and a surprising paper dot Elvis.

Beckham by claire Milner

Discover more about this dedicated and talented artist by visiting her website: 

For the perfect Diamond Jubilee, what is more appropriated than a Queen’s portrait that shines of thousand fires !


Info sourced at official artist press release. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available.