OAT MONTIEN “The Sailor”

21st July 2022, 10:00 am

Date(s) - 21st Jul 2022 - 14th Aug 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Highlighting the power of sexual attraction in the realm of Southeast Asian masculinity.

This series of work by Oat Montien was made at TOM House where he had access to Tom’s preparatory sketches. The loose unfinished lines contrast with the refined details that Tom is known for, and became Oat’s initial inspiration. These portraits of male models from Thailand incorporate elements from the Leisure Project fashion collection and illustrate Tom’s influence and legacy in the South-East Asian Queer identity today.

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TOM OF FINLAND Untitled (Preparatory for finished drawing #79.45), 1983, Graphite on paper, 11.00” x 08.50” © 1983 Tom of Finland Foundation


Oat Montien is one of Thailand’s most prominent Queer artists. Born in 1989, Oat’s background in museums has geared his artistic practice towards queering of historical canons. Well-known for his radical approach to male nude representation, he has exhibited in various institutions such as Patpong Museum, National Library of Thailand, Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, The V&A Museum of Childhood (London), Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), Today Art Museum (Beijing). He recently also founded Boddhisattava Gallery, Bangkok’s first exclusively LGBTQ+ art space.




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Inspired by Tom

  This special portrait series was created at TOM House by Oat Montien, the first Thai artist to be an-artist-in residence at Tom of Finland Foundation, will be displayed in this exhibition. These artworks were inspired by Tom’s delicate fine-lined drawing highlighting the masculinity of Thai models and elements in The Sailor.

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Meet Oat Montien, artist-in-residence

    “I was born in Bangkok’s Donmaung area in 1989. Just like other near-airport suburbs it always has brothels to accommodate lonesome travellers. My mother happened to run one; a very successful venture with more than 50 sex workers at its peak. Every last Friday of the month we would host a themed party… View Article

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About Tom of Finland

ABOUT TOM OF FINLAND The Life of the Artist 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… View Article

Published: 21st July 2022

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