Illustration

Vibrant Portraits Celebrate Women of Color Cloaked in Beautiful Blooms (and Cats)


Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Last sum­mer, Jess Phoenix wowed me with her vibrant blooms. And, she was a hit on Brown Paper Bag, too; her beau­ti­ful bou­quets were one of the most pop­u­lar posts of 2016. Jess has just fin­ished anoth­er gor­geous series called Queens that builds off of flow­ers and incor­po­rates illus­trat­ed women and cats.

Each piece is meant to revere four types of women of col­or,” she tells me in an email, “who often do not get the hon­or they so great­ly deserve (Black women, Mus­lim women, Latina/Immigrant women, and Indige­nous Amer­i­can women). I was orig­i­nal­ly inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s work—not only for his bril­liant col­or and pat­terns, but for treat­ing his sub­jects with such dig­ni­ty and rev­er­ence.” And, you’ll notice that each of them has a cat accom­pa­ny­ing them. She con­tin­ues, “Cat own­er­ship was seen as a lux­u­ry or a high sta­tus sym­bol in many cul­tures, but I also just real­ly love cats.” (Me too, Jess. Me too.)

Jess sells these four illustrations as limited edition prints through her online shop.

Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Jess Phoenix illustrated women

Jess Phoenix illustrated women