“TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” releases for TOM’s 100

18th August 2020, 10:56 pm

 

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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“TOM OF FINLAND Love and Liberation” opens in London

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      

Exhibition extended in Stockholm till 10th January 2021

Tom of Finland’s drawings leave no-one unaffected. Swelling muscles and genitals, extremely masculine and erotically confident men who enjoy sex together. The photographs Tom took of friends and partners, to use as inspiration and reference-pictures for his world-famous homoerotic drawings, are now exhibited for the first time at Fotografiska. Curated by Berndt Arell, in cooperation… View Article

Happy 100 Years: The Tom of Finland Biography

  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

Open Tom of Finland’s Archives in Iconic Artist’s First Official Biography

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… View Article

“Flipping pages – Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero”

          Works in the Reality & Fantasy exhibition seen in Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero Durk Dehner / President & Cofounder, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, USA F. Valentine Hooven III / Author, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, Palm Springs, USA… View Article

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…

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Published: 18th August 2020

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