Sweet tooth

April 29th, 2010

Wow, look at these amazing paintings by Will Cotton (via Siong Chin). Candyfloss clouds! Confectionery cottages! Dreamy.

26 Comments

  1. krySal says:

    you’r my precious little space.
    the place where i always go, & always find something pretty, which i will love & not know yet.
    im so happy i found u!

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  2. Nedda Ebo says:

    WOW these paintings are GORGEOUS!!
    Mustart x

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  3. Clare says:

    WOW. These are so amazing…

    tweet tweet tweet

    x

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  4. eva says:

    unbelievable!!

    Xx,
    èvoluer

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  5. Flor says:

    WOW. AMAZING! Wanna eat those clouds!

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  6. Melanie says:

    The landscape with the hearts on the pole is rendered so realistically! It looks like it really exists.

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  7. Leah says:

    They are really dreamy, it’s true… but after looking for a moment, I found it very creepy that the women are really, really thin! Like somehow the subtext is that the ideal woman could live in a kind of paradise but never enjoy or indulge in it. Kind of like what was expected of eve… ? But then, when I went to art school we did Visual Culture, not Art History. So now I can never look at an artwork without this marxist/feminist framework.

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    kris atomic says,

    April 29th, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    I looked up a few interviews with the artist and saw this, so you’re pretty dead on:

    “His sweet tooth also attracted him to portraying conventionally beautiful women, usually naked or nearly so, except that they’re often decorated—you can’t really say they wear these things—with top-heavy headgear made of lollipops, marshmallow, or cake. Looking alluringly out from under their edible architectures, these women reprise the National Airlines ad campaigns of he 1970s, whose sexually inviting stewardesses (“I’m Mandy…fly me”) infuriated feminists.

    …“It seems to me,” he has said, “the typical American appetite goes…straight into gluttony.” The sensory overload in his pictures comes out of his interest in the point where sweetness “becomes cloying, even repulsive.” These paintings, in other words, are meant to both attract us and turn our stomachs.” from from here.

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  8. These are amazing, I love the imagery!

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  9. Jennifer says:

    These are lovely, almost sickeningly so. I’m glad that there are still artists who still have an almost traditional take on painting (but obviously with modern twists) the lighting is beautiful, especially on the third painting, its like the ice cream is melting out the canvas.

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  10. Incredible, his use of light and shadow is really amazing. I’m in awe.

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  11. colin says:

    i seriously love these! i thought the first one was some piece of fun 70s kitsch but as i scrolled down it became really weird and overwhelming and brilliant

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  12. Kim says:

    JESUS. That second painting is simply out of this world.

    Super interesting to read his commentary on the work, too.

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  13. loucieee says:

    At first I didn’t know that they’re paintings. Surreal. :)

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  14. rachel says:

    that does makes alot of sense – that is how i felt looking through these paintings too. the candy clouds and candy homes is so alluring, but then there is something kind of jarring that the women are all super skinny and naked, and in that way,even if the women are looking at you invitingly, there is something uneasy about it. likes, oh yummy candy! but, wait, i dont think i would want to hang a print of this in my home … so, then the point comes across very well!

    but beyond the analysis, very creative and new to me. glad to see this and learn about it!

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  15. Jennifer says:

    Those are some photorealistic paintings!

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  16. Polly says:

    Oh my goodness these are amazing! I want to go into this world! They remind me of the garden in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    I just discovered your blog and it’s lovely!
    xx

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  18. lisa says:

    amazing imagery. on my blog i recently posted a knit inspired candyfloss piece that i made while experimenting with knit, thread and photography.

    you can go have a look at
    http://melostfound.blogspot.com/

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  19. Anne says:

    Ah I wish I could swim in cotton candy when I see these! :)

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  20. Chloé says:

    I remember Teen Vogue using his paintings…

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  21. Khali says:

    These are clearly the inspiration for the new Katy Perry video. I like the paintings so much more.

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    kris atomic says,

    July 16th, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    I thought the same thing, but he actually worked on the video!
    http://www.motiontheory.com/work/katy-perry-_california-gurls
    :)

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  22. Tess says:

    Is it just me, or did Katy Perry’s “California Gurlz” take a lot of ideas from Mr. Cotton’s paintings?
    Or perhaps everyone just loves naked girls in cotton candy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwE-SLnLkqY

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    kris atomic says,

    July 16th, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I thought the same thing, but he actually worked on the video!
    http://www.motiontheory.com/work/katy-perry-_california-gurls
    kris x

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  23. Tess says:

    Oh good! That makes me feel so much better. His work is amazing!

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