Will Cotton (born 1965, Melrose, MA) is an internationally renowned draftsman and painter known for his imaginative landscapes comprised of confections and populated with an overload of desires satisfied and denied. Cotton received a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City and later studied figurative painting at the New York Academy of Art. Cotton libes and works in New York City, has exhibited extensively internationally is represented by Gallerie Templon in Paris and New York City.
Cotton’s love of printmaking, and in particular lithography, stems from his passion for drawing. Lithography affords the artist a different set of tools and requires an even higher level of exactness in gesture as the process is far less forgiving than a drawing on paper. Cotton prefers to work directly on stone as its surface has a specific responsiveness and feel unlike any other drawing surface. Cotton’s graphic works reference French lithography from the late 19th century and utilize a similar approach in their layering of colors to build tones and textures unique to the medium.