“Popular culture is discovering that Tom of Finland’s body of work has levels not yet fully appreciated,” Sharp, Vice President Tom of Finland Foundation, states. “Tom’s photography, collage reference pages, preliminary sketches, doodles and writing ability in his native Finnish are all just being discovered and appreciated by his fans and larger artistic communities. It often takes delving into the entire process of an artist’s archives to fully appreciate the ability of such an artist.”
Love and Liberation is just one of several showings the Foundation has planned this year. The Darkroom, on view until 19th July
at Fotografiska Tallinn in Estonia, explores a lesser known side of Tom’s work — his photography. A following exhibition entitled
Reality & Fantasy: The World of Tom of Finland will open at Tokyo’s Gallery X showcasing everything from his early illustrations
to his later work across multiple forms of media.
Published: 20th April 2020Tags: Ben Duggan, Braden Bjella, CDLP, Love and Liberation, Pleasure Tools, Reality & Fantasy, Schön! Magazine, Slick It Up, The Darkroom, Tom of Finland