Katy Perry Painting
Painting for Katy Perry's new album Teenage Dream (Photo by Streeter Phillips)

Every week on Bravo’s Work of Art, a guest judge assists with the “crits” (art world talk for “critiques”).  Last week the guest judge was Will Cotton, famous for making surreal paintings of every kind of delicious looking candy and cake you could imagine.  Looking at his website you can see the evolution from purely fantastical sugary scenes to the integration of luscious candied women into the landscapes.  So it’s no coincidence Cotton created the painting for Katy Perry’s new album cover.  It’s been a perfect storm of timing as Katy Perry’s latest video “California Gurls” reaches almost 23 million views on youtube and is the number one video in itunes.  According to Katy Perry first heard about Will Cotton when a friend sent a link to his website.  It wasn’t long before the two were collaborating on her new album cover; Cotton painted a nude Perry in a cotton candy cloud that also shows up in the video.  Which by the way, art director for the video was Will Cotton.  There you see Cotton’s brightly colored confectionary landscapes a la live action.  It’s all a mix of perfect ingredients as “The artist explained how he had long admired Perry from afar, clipping images of her from magazines as a source of inspiration for his paintings.”

Perry’s new album “Teenage Dream” will be out August 24.

Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg “California Gurls” Music Video

See the official “California Gurls” video here.


  • zhane

    you should really put the music video for california gurls on this site

    • Unfortunately, embedding of the official video on youtube is disabled and can’t be included here. I tried.

      • Found a version that works. Will see how long it stays up.

  • Second best is: if you click on “California Gurls” above it will take you to the video…

  • Lauren

    Come hear Will Cotton speak at Christie’s. The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is pleased to announce that Cotton is the first featured speaker in the 2010/11 ArtTalks series, to be held at Christie’s on Tuesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.

    The ArtTalk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a wine reception hosted by Christie’s.

    For more information, please visit