New York City-based Will Cotton has become world famous for his candy-infused paintings featuring a utopian paradise of lollipops, gingerbread and melting ice cream with often nude female characters either lying in candyfloss clouds or wearing sugary confections as bespoke edible garments.
Cotton works from gingerbread models set up in his studio to form the basis of his distinctive paintings. He has even taken cookery classes to better fabricate his painstaking miniature worlds. And although gingerbread is a relatively strong material, it does have a delicate lifespan. It's the decay of these real-life inspirations that can be read across several of his paintings where vantage points shift and fogs descend.
Cotton studied at the Cooper Union, the New York Academy of Art, and in Rouen, France. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian, and the Seattle Art Museum.