This Artist Transforms Buildings and Houses Into Floral Canvases

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Louise Jones is an artist based in Detroit, Michigan who centers her multi-faceted practice on flowers. She creates real and imaginary blossoms on her outdoor/indoor murals, linoleum prints, and traditional canvases.

Besides painting in her home base, where she has done more than 40 murals, Jones also travels in many places including her hometown Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and New Zealand.

Recently, her largest mural to date, called Wildflowers For Buffalo, was completed in Buffalo, New York as part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative. The giant painting is the largest mural in Western New York. For this project and other works, Jones incorporated native flora in her drawings. With her unique aesthetic, she merges botanical realism with a stylized, graceful technique based on her Chinese heritage.

“Flowers are a vehicle for me to explore color and shapes. They remind me so much of my own body — they’re very feminine. I consider myself to be feminine, but haven’t always felt that way. As I get older, I’ve learned to embrace my femininity, and I find myself increasingly drawn to flowers with age,” Jones, known professionally as Ouizi, said in an interview with Shinola.

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I am happy to announce that my biggest project to date has been completed. “Wildflowers for Buffalo” features echinacea, red clover, Queen Anne’s lace, pussy willow, thistle, swamp rose, yarrow, lamb’s quarters, straw flower, and chicory. Thank you @albrightknox for bringing me to Buffalo and the whole mural team for your hard work. I had way too much fun out there, and I hope to see you all again – you know who you all are!! Shout out to @seed_and_bone for bouquet inspiration @ottart for curating @jonesej2 for project management @ciminellirealestateny for the building, And everyone that put paint on that wall or helped to make this happen, you are loved and appreciated! #akpublicart #wny #buffalony #buffalo #albrightknox #albrightknoxartgallery

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“Narcissi” 🏵 New mural in Gloucester, Virginia. According to their resident daffodil expert, the first daffodils were brought to America from Europe by women who had sewn the bulbs into the hems of their dresses. These bulbs are part of the Narcissus family, and are referred to as daffadownlilly’s, daffodils, jonquil, or lent lily. This painting is based off of a bouquet of the daffodils and other flowers that were picked during my site visit to the world renowned @brentandbeckys bulb farm. Brought to you by the Cook Foundation and the Main Street Preservation Trust. A big thank you to Adrienne, Jenny, and Jennifer for all your efforts! @glomainstreet Shout out to my beloved @cannonmouse for technical and emotional support 😘

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