Cupcake Katy, an oil-on-linen work by New York based artist Will Cotton, will go up in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington this summer. As part of a rotating display of acquisitions, Cupcake Katy will take it’s place in the prestigious gallery thanks to the generous donation of the James Dicke family – whose wealth comes from a very successful forklift truck business.
It’s all just so absurdly delicious.
Cotton’s work is immediately recognizable thanks to his taste for decadent confections that has led his career for at least the past decade. Most people will know him for his work with Perry on her Teenage Dream album art and subsequent look, though his oeuvre include a variety of cherub-like beauties lounging in cotton candy heaven or getting mucked up in melting ice cream dreams. It’s all a bunch of empty calories, for sure, though I can’t deny they are lovely to look at. Art doesn’t always have to be challenging, and Cotton’s work is a nice bit of eye-candy.
While his portrait of Katy is lovely, I’m partial to his gorgeous Vermeer-esque Elle Fanning. Delightful.