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Tom of Finland Foundation has been dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the erotic arts for three and a half decades.

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Our mission is achievable because of the generous support of our members. Becoming a member not only supports the erotic art community, but grants you discounts at our events and store.

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2020 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

The purpose of this contest is twofold: to encourage artists to share their erotic work and to elevate the field of erotic art by rewarding some of the best current examples. The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already selling erotic work commercially. All others are eligible: advertising designers, art students, or just midnight doodlers – anyone who creates erotic works of art.

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Upcoming events

Date/Time Event
21st Feb 2020 - 19th Jul 2020
All Day
Fotografiska Tallinn, 10412 Tallinn
6th Mar 2020 - 27th Jun 2020
All Day
House of Illustration, King's Cross London
8th May 2020 - 8th Jul 2020
All Day
"STUART SANDFORD: 1421 Laveta Terrace" ONLINE
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Latest news

None of us are free until we’re all free - Tom of Finland worked for decades to breakdown walls and establish equality for everyone. Tom wanted to help create a… ... View Article
When will London museums and galleries reopen and what safety measures will they take post-lockdown? - As museums and galleries around Europe begin cautiously to open their doors again, many in London wonder when the same… ... View Article
Jordan Michael Green is back home - New web series “best life” - Stream now for free Former Artist-in-Residence Jordan Michael Green is back home at TOM… ... View Article
It has begun - The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are… ... View Article
An artist-in-residence online exhibition - This online exhibition is an intimate collection of photographs and moving image works by British artist Stuart Sandford. Stuart Sandford… ... View Article
Providing viewers with unique opportunities to observe the scope of Tom’s working methodology online - Tom of Finland: 100 Years, presented by David Kordansky Gallery, provides viewers with unique opportunities to observe the scope of… ... View Article
The revived future - "During these challenging times, we want to share a glimpse of joy and, for a moment, set our thoughts towards… ... View Article
Stuart Sandford’s tribute to #TOMs100 - It's is an embossed black leather pouch for his Polaroid portfolio edition. "A suite of forty-two unique Polaroids taken whilst… ... View Article
“DAVID LINDERT leather, but better” | ONLINE - "This selection captures last days of free living, free spending the leisure time in California and now we’re waiting for… ... View Article
Experience the guided tour first hand - Durk Dehner, cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation invites you through a one-on-one tour around the UK’s first public exhibition… ... View Article
Curator Berndt Arell on Tom’s photography and “The Darkroom” - Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991), had a long and international career. Today he's primarily known as a creator… ... View Article
Giving to TOM’s Foundation -     Tom of Finland Foundation is based in loving support for one another. As a nonprofit entity we use… ... View Article
We are super excited for Seth Bogart’s new album - Seth Bogart is about to release his second LP Men on the Verge of Nothing on June 26th and you… ... View Article
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More about Tom

Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom”, and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him “Tom”.

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The Foundation has presented work created by other erotic artists through the decades.


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