Katy Perry painting to go on show at National Portrait Gallery in DC
Portrait painter said he was drawn to Perry's 'pop culture iconography'
A portrait of Katy Perry dressed as a cupcake is to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Painted by New York-based artist Will Cotton, the tongue-in-cheek “Cupcake Katy” will go on show from 18 June.
The artist, who previously collaborated with the singer for the cover of her 2010 album Teenage Dream, said he does not normally paint celebrities but made an exception for Perry.
“The thing about painting celebrity in general is that there’s this chance they can just completely take over the picture,” he told the Smithsonian Magazine.
“But Katy had this kind of pop culture iconography that just seemed to me to fit into the kind of things I was interested in painting about,” he said.
Asked why he thought the gallery had decided to hang her portrait now, an honour usually reserved for later on in an entertainer’s career, he said: “It’s a question of cultural relevance. It seems like that must consider her to be important enough as an American to be part of the collection.”
Defending the decision to hang the pop star’s portrait in the prestigious gallery, Kim Sajet, the museum’s director, told the Associates Press: “Perry comes from a tradition of strong women entertainers who challenge their supposedly superficial pop personas…on closer look, Perry is a complex figure.”
The portrait will go on show later this month to coincide with a concert by Perry at DC’s Verizon Centre as part of her Prismatic world tour.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jim Davidson: 'I'd love to host Top Gear but I'm always banned from driving'
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Jay Z launches streaming service Tidal with help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew