Will Cotton

did you ever read the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton? they were possibly my favourite books as a child (except maybe for anything by Roald Dahl) and i was instantly transported back to the Land of Goodies when seeing these paintings by Will Cotton. of course like most children’s books in those days everything wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows – there was always a moral to the story, and if you overindulged you were likely to learn a good lesson. that sinister undercurrent is certainly present in Cotton’s depictions of pin-up models in sugary sweet settings that look like they’re decaying before your eyes.

Cotton starts his process by building maquettes in his New York studio to paint from. These can range from table-top scenery to life-sized sets occupied by models dressed in confectionary costumes that Cotton has created. Constructing these sets allows the artist to see surprising and often unexpected details, enabling him to recreate textures and details in such a way that viewing the works becomes a tactile experience. “Sweetness taken to an extreme degree, as it is in my paintings, becomes cloying, even repulsive and that’s where it gets interesting for me.”

his work is currently showing at the Ronchini Gallery in London, so if you’re in the area go check out the exhibition.

Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
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8 Responses to Will Cotton

  1. Diana Moss (@miss_moss) Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    cotton candy daydreams (and nightmares) by artist Will Cotton: http://t.co/Bgg8oHBEZl http://t.co/joEk8qTURF

  2. Klaudia Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Very inspirations!

  3. Gap Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    So nice post!! Love it!!
    XOX, Gap
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  4. Fernand et Firmin Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I love it when there is two different level of understanding and meaning. Great work.

  5. Mariuca from NNUMM Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    haha yeah ‘very inspirations’
    Just kidding… I’m amazed by these paintings. I love the fact that they seem to be photographs but they aren’t, it gives them that strange and magical atmosphere.

  6. Intarya Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Absolutely stunning work, and such a captivating post.

    Home:Life:Luxe by Intarya

  7. Nina Tuesday 29 July, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    I love these! So painterly. They remind me a bit of Jenny Saville. Nice work!

  8. Mexican Mint Friday 1 August, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    Hyper surrealism? Nice stuff, a lot of work behind these pieces!
    Thanks for posting!

    http://www.mexican-mint.com

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