Will Cotton

Selected works


Born in 1965 in the USA, Will Cotton lives and works in New York. The artist belongs to the generation of American painters who have taken the language of figurative style painting in a totally new direction. He works in his studio building giant confectionary-based assemblages, such as gingerbread houses, sweets, cake mountains and chocolate seas, opening the door to the creation of a new reality. Will Cotton sees his works as utopias that explore the notions of temptation and excess.


On the occasion of the group show Animaux Fantastiques at Musée du Louvre Lens, Will Cotton will exhibit his work Roping from September 27, 2023.

Musée du Louvre Lens, France From September 27, 2023 to January 15, 2024.


La Dame à la Licorne Médiévale et si contemporaine – group show

In Roping, 2019-2020, Cotton switches treats for a surprising encounter between a triumphant cowboy and his fantastic steed which is none other than a pink unicorn. The mythical animal comes here to challenge the norms of the conquest of territories by men. The latter loses its virility in a wonderful world made of softness in which seems to dive a desacralized cowboy who is not without evoking a Queer update of that created in 1989 by the artist Richard Prince. 

Musée des Abattoirs

76 All. Charles de Fitte, Toulouse

From October 30, 2021 to January 16, 2022