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Will Cotton, 1965 | Hyperrealist / Pop Surrealist painter


American painter* William Cotton is an New York based painter, known for his surreal candy landscapes. His primary subjects are candy and naked women, often in combination. Will Cotton painted landscapes made out of pastries, melting ice cream, candy, and other tantalizing sweets on female models.
He has a professional oven in his studio and makes all of these himself. Then uses them as models for the paintings.
Cotton was born in Melrose, MA, and earned his BFA from the New York Academy of Art. After graduating in the late 1980s, Cotton portrayed pop icons, such as the Nestlé Quick Bunny in his paintings.





Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter



Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Cotton's works from the 1990s depicted pop icons sourced from contemporary advertisements such as the Nestlé Quick bunny - directly referencing visual modes aimed at evoking desire.
Cotton described his early works in a 2008 interview, saying "My initial impulse to make these paintings really came out of an awareness of the commercial consumer landscape that we live in. Every day we're bombarded with hundreds, if not thousands of messages designed specifically to incite desire within us".

In 1996, Cotton began to develop an iconography in which the landscape itself became the object of desire. The paintings often feature scenery made up entirely of pastries, candy and melting ice cream. He creates elaborate maquettes of these settings from real baked goods made in his Manhattan studio as a visual source for the final works.
Since about 2002, nude or nearly nude pinup-style models have occasionally populated these candy-land scenes. As in the past, the works project a tactile indulgence in fanciful glut. The female characters are icons of indulgence and languor, reflecting the feel of the landscape itself. 
"These paintings are all about a very specific place," says Cotton, "It's a utopia where all desire is fulfilled all the time, meaning ultimately that there can be no desire, as there is no desire without lack".
Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter

Will Cotton, 1965 - American Surrealist painter


Will Cotton vive e lavora a New York e realizza opere pittoriche che hanno come soggetto principale paesaggi e scenari spesso abitati da figure umane, interamente composti di dolci.
I suoi quadri ritraggono figure e architetture composte di zucchero filato (in inglese, cotton candy), dolciumi e caramello, realizzati a partire da modelli in miniatura costruiti in studio e poi dipinti secondo uno stile fortemente realistico.
Ha studiato in Francia all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Rouen ed è tornato negli Stati Uniti completando i suoi studi presso la Cooper Union e successivamente alla New York Academy of Art.

È rappresentato da:
Mary Boone Gallery, New York;
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado;
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles;
Galerie Daniel Templon, Parigi;
Jablonka Galerie, Colonia.
Le sue opere sono state esposte presso:
il San Francisco Museum of Art (2000);
il Seattle Art Museum (2002),
la Kunsthalle Bielefeld (2004);
l’Hudson River Museum (2007); la Triennale di Milano (2007);
il Musée Marmottan Monet di Parigi (2008).
Suoi lavori sono parte delle collezioni del Seattle Art Museum e del Columbus Museum of Art, così come di molte importanti collezioni private.





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