18th August 2020, 10:56 pm
By F. Valentine Hooven III / Cernunnos / Hardcover / 296 pages / 8½ x 11¼” / 300 photographs and illustrations
Avant-garde, provocative, subversive and rebellious
– Tom of Finland stamped history with his recognizable artistic style.
A virtuoso of drawing, he fashioned the silhouette of a new Gay man
– strong, confident, joyful and assertive
– fully participating in the visibility and recognition of the nascent Homosexual movement.
With text authorized by the artist himself
a few months before his death, and
published in partnership with Tom of Finland Foundation,
this illustrated biography reveals a life of art, pleasure and liberation.
Tom of Finland (born Tuoko Laaksonen, 1920–1991), was an iconic and ground-breaking artist who rose to cult status in the international queer community and beyond for his work celebrating the male figure and masculinity during a time when being homosexual was taboo. Created in partnership with Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero is a beautifully detailed account full of never, or rarely seen, materials from his archive.
The text was completed just a few months before the death of the artist and he was interviewed at length for it—making this book the only fully approved biography of the legend responsible for creating the muscled, mustachioed gay archetype of the 1960s and ’70s. With a foreword by Jean Paul Gaultier, an extensive history, and provocative photos and illustrations, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero brings to life the story of the icon whose erotic depictions of men influenced many artists, including Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber.
The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero contains a stunning 60 page portfolio where the reader discovers every technique and style from Tom’s nearly fifty year career. It has sections devoted to two impressive 2020 Tom of Finland exhibitions – Love and Liberation and The Darkroom, with introductory text from their curators.
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The UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland on the centenary of his birth. Curated by Olivia Ahmad
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Tom of Finland (born Tuoko Laaksonen, 1920–1991), was an iconic and groundbreaking artist who rose to cult status in the international queer community and beyond for his work celebrating the male figure and masculinity during a time when being gay was taboo. “Although he never attended a march or waved a banner at a… View Article
Add some leather to your bookshelf Artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen)rose to fame as one of the most significant erotic artists of the last century. He was prolific, having created almost 3,500 illustrations during his 40-year career, and his drawings of hyper-sexualized, masculine men became staples of gay culture. Tom died in 1991…. View Article
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In full celebration of Tom of Finland’s 100th birthday, the work by F. Valentine Hooven III receives a new edition. In Tom’s creations, he instituted male archetypes, inspired by the people he meets: loggers, motorcycle policemen, sailors, businessmen, bikers, men dressed in leather. The most famous erotic representation of Tom from Finland is still the “Kake” today. By Aldric Warnet
Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero (by F. Valentine Hooven III) is a beautifully detailed account…
Posted by Metrosource on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
18th August 2020
Tags: #TOMs100, Jean Paul Gaultier, Love and Liberation, The Darkroom, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, Valentine Hooven
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