“TOM OF FINLAND Drawings Reappropriated”

10th July 2021, 12:00 am

Date(s) - 10th Jul 2021 - 21st Sep 2021
All Day




TOM OF FINLAND Untitled, 1978, Graphite in paper, 11.75″x14.25″ © 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation NFS

Curated by Joakim Andreasson / In collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation / Realized by Calle Henzel

The integration of Tom of Finland’s work into the media at hand was ignited by the unique environment and interior elements of TOM House. Virtual replicas of drawings that correspond to the rugs showcase the artist’s diverse material approaches to his meticulous figurations. They exemplify the boldness of his vision and the virtuoso qualities of his hand. With their skillful observation of light and classical composition, and their images of muscular men engaged in complex motions, the drawings reveal formal concerns.


The woven works, many unseen or never reproduced, feature portraits, scenes depicting camaraderie, homoerotic gaze, flirtation and sexual acts. One drawing outlines a man engaged in a boot fetish scene, another a nipple flirtation, whereas a third a fuck scene, bringing new meaning to love making on a rug. A single hand knotted rug, entirely woven by hand over the course of five months, depicts one of Tom of Finland’s most iconic works of a “leatherman” wearing a cap. The drawing was made as a study for the visual identity of the gay leather bar TOM’s Saloon, the only place Tom lent his name to. Made with comparable intricacy as the original drawing, it is free form and in select areas enhanced with silk to add shine and replicate the effect of polished leather.

The exhibition will also include 4 chromogenic printed velour rugs that feature unique Tom of Finland collages made by Joakim Andreasson. These are inspired by the numerous collage montages that can be found at TOM House – home of Tom of Finland Foundation – covering entire pieces of furniture, in nooks on walls and ceilings, and even on the rear end of a vintage car. The featured collages are composed of proof prints from vintage Tom of Finland books published by the Foundation in the ’80s, pages from original Physique Pictorial magazines from the ’60s-’70s and other printed material accumulated over the past thirty years. The dense works illustrate the vast styles and techniques of the artist, and offer a visually stunning and unfiltered insight into Tom of Finland’s work.

A virtual exhibition that highlights Tom of Finland

  Tom of Finland’s preparatory drawings and sketches created as part of the artist’s process in producing his influential works are highlighted in the online exhibition TOM OF FINLAND: Drawings Reappropriated.  A selection of these, reappropriated by Henzel Studio into 13 editioned handmade wool and silk rugs in 2014, will be on view and accompanied… View Article

Published: 10th July 2021

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