9th July 2021, 6:38 pm
When Tom started using models it did create one problem: He had to get actual live men to pose somehow. Slowly, shyly, and only if the circumstances were exactly right, he began to ask men whom he thought handsome and well built to pose for him. To his naive surprise, when he approached them and said, “Hi, my name is Tom of Finland. Would you pose for me?” they always said yes.
Once Tom began using photographs in the creation of his drawings the improvement was so dramatic that he seldom went back to drawing totally from imagination.
The figure on the left in Sailor’s Dream, is the first one Tom based on a photograph, which here he enhanced and incorporated.
The censors of the 1950s adhered to a long, long list of rules as to what could not be portrayed. Sexual acts and frontal nudity were forbidden, of course, but also—among other things—allk issing, hugging, caressing, obscene or lascivious or suggestive gestures or facial expressions, and all body hair south of the nape of… View Article
30th Apr 2021 – 20th Aug 2021 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm – The exhibition consists of photographic portraits which served as reference images for his famed homoerotic drawings. These photographs were confined to Tom of Finland’s home studio and darkroom, displaying them elsewhere would have risked a prison sentence, as homosexuality was criminalized and classified as a mental disorder in his native Finland at […]
As a new exhibition of Tom of Finland’s photographs opens, Miss Rosen examines this relatively unexplored side to the hugely influential artist’s work “Tom never thought that anything other than his finished drawings would be of interest or value to the public and his collector base,” president of Tom of Finland Foundation… View Article
What has Tom taught us? That we could be anything we want to be. He gave us a whole new vocabulary of what we could be. His life was a lesson in being the consummate Homosexual. PRERATORY DRAWING AND PHOTOGRAPH OF AARNO BY TOM OF FINLAND ON VIEW IN THE DARKROOM AT FOTOGRAFISKA… View Article
9th July 2021
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