An Encounter with Will Cotton

Posted by The G on September 21, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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On September 21, 2010, I saw the wonderful artist Will Cotton give a lecture about his life and career at Christie’s in New York.  Prior to the speech, I met the artist and he was super cool.  For those who don’t know the work of Will Cotton, he paints images of surreal candy landscapes!  His paintings look like actual photos and most of them are enormous in size.  His speech was very interesting as he took us through a brief history of his career and showed us some behind the scenes pictures of the maquettes he creates to make his paintings.  As most of his paintings consist of pastries, candy, pin-up models and ice cream – the photos he showed us were very interesting!  Through his love of these confections, he’s become quite a baker (and is looking into future installations combining his two loves).  Most recently, he painted the cover of singer Katy Perry’s new album “Teenage Dream.”  Yes, the cover is not a photograph but a Will Cotton painting!  (I’m imagining all of you out there pulling out your Katy Perry album and exclaiming “holy s#$!” at this moment).  I took a video of Will talking about his experiences working with Katy Perry, so stay tuned for that!  Thanks again Will for the insight into your wonderful world.

Will Cotton

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