Will Cotton is an American painter who was born 1965 in Melrose, Massachusetts. Cotton lives and works in New York City. His work primarily features landscapes composed of sweets, often inhabited by human subjects. Cotton's works depict pop icons sourced from contemporary advertisements such as the Nestlé Quick bunny - directly referencing visual modes aimed at evoking desire. He has also created an iconography in which the landscape itself became an object of desire. The paintings often feature scenery made up entirely of pastries, candy and melting ice cream. 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.
Etching with chine collé. Paper: 24 × 19 ¾ inches. Image: 11 ¾ x 10 ¾ inches. Edition of 30. Publisher: Michael Steinberg Fine Art. Printer: Gregory Burnet.
Peanut Butter Brittle House (2002)
Chine collé etching with aquatint, spit-bite, soft ground, and dry point. Paper: 24 x 20 inches. Image: 12 x 10 ¾ inches. Edition of 30. Publisher: Michael Steinberg Fine Art. Printer: Gregory Burnet.