October 6 - 7, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Tom of Finland Foundation
Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival:
Eye on Collecting

Live Art Auction
Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival @ TOM House

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These copyrighted images are provided by artists participating in the Live Art Auction at Tom of Finland Foundation's Art and Culture Festival.

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LOT 01
Estimate 250-350
GEORGE QUAINTANCE* (American, 1902-1957), Preludo, 1954, Print, 22? x 17?

GEORGE QUAINTANCE* (American, 1902-1957), Preludo, 1954, Print, 22″ x 17″

This is from the remaining prints from the original printing done by George Quaintance. You can see that the vivid colors are not usually seen in present day printing, as the inks available then and now are very different.

These prints were long forgotten and found in an attic closet in a residence once inhabited by Quaintance’s partner. They were left behind when he went on a trip to Mexico never to return. It was through pure diligence that Durk Dehner, spending his weekends going door to door, from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood to Cathy Circle, eventually found George’s lost archive. He found it covered in six inches of dust and buried under painters tarps! You can find George’s gravestone in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


LOT 02
Estimate 400-600
PALANCA* (Peruvian, 1968-2014), Sling Orgy (Preparatory), 1968, Graphite on paper, 6.5? x 8?, Signed

PALANCA* (Peruvian, 1968-2014), Sling Orgy (Preparatory), 1968, Graphite on paper, 6.5″ x 8″, Signed

At an early age, the artist started creating cartoon characters and some depict Homoeroticism. Palanca began making underground erotic drawings in 1982. It wasn’t until 1994, after a short summer holiday in Spain, when he decided to do something to introduce his work to the Gay public. Then his pseudonym was born (Palanca in Spanish means lever, or a closer definition, gear shift).

From 1995 to 2001, Palanca’s style went from primitive to cartoonish. In 2001 Palanca travelled to Los Angeles where he met the founder and the curator of Tom of Finland Foundation. He then showed at the Tom of Finland Art Festivals, L.A. Pride’s Erotic City and TOM’s Bar.

In 2007 he was honored with a Special Recognition from ToFF.


LOT 03
Estimate 800-1,200
MINORU* (Japanese, 1948- ), Showing Butt, Pastel on paper, 14″ x 16.75″, Signed

MINORU* (Japanese, 1948- ), Showing Butt, Pastel on paper, 14″ x 16.75″, Signed

The artist was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, attended Bunka Fashion College and currently lives in Burbank, California. He entered Tom of Finland Foundation’s Emerging Artist Competition in 2003, has regularly attended the Foundation’s Drawing Sessions and has shown at Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festivals.


LOT 04
Estimate 250-350
MINORU* (Japanese, 1948- ), Showing Butt, Pastel on paper, 14″ x 16.75″, Signed

PATRICK LEE* (American, 1969- ), Fireman, Digital print, 11″ x 8.5″, Signed

The artist was born in Butte, Montana and attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design from 1988 to 1989. He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally and his work may be found in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Huntington Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

Lee has participated in Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festivals. In 1993 he was a winner in the Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition. Patrick was the recipient of the Nikon 2000 Grand Prize and the 2006 Peter S. Reed Foundation Achievement Award. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


LOT 05
Estimate 250-350
TANK* (Paul Tankersley, American, 1949-1992), Two by Barn, Photo-print, 24″ x 19.5″

TANK* (Paul Tankersley, American, 1949-1992), The Barn, Photo-print, 24″ x 19.5″

The artist was born in New York and his youth was spent developing his talent at the Westbury County Art School. His family moved and settled in Texas when Paul was 16 years old. This paved the way for him to study at North Texas State University, where he pursued a double major in acting and art. After college, he cofounded the Reunion Theater in Houston, where he took on the dual role of lead actor and creator of show posters.

In 1975, Paul moved back to NYC to pursue advertising illustration. A desire to draw Texas men drew Paul back to Texas in 1986, where he started TANK Graphics in Dallas. The genuine passion and artistic integrity of his work won him many friends in the communities of which he was a part. TANK’s exhibition history includes one-man shows in Chicago, Seattle, Long Beach and Dallas.

Paul Tankersley passed away due to complications resulting from AIDS. His longtime friend and companion, Stephen Worley, donated over 20 TANK originals, numerous prints and negatives to Tom of Finland Foundation.


LOT 06
Estimate 600-750
LINK* (American, 1928-2010), Ask Desk, c. 1955, Graphite and ink on paper, 13.5″ x 10.5″

LINK* (American, 1928-2010), Ask Desk, c. 1955, Graphite and ink on paper, 13.5″ x 10.5″

An artist from the Midwest who wished to remain anonymous even as he contacted the Foundation prior to his death. He was a professor, an avid photographer and accomplished musician.


LOT 07
Estimate 1,250-2,000
TOM OF FINLAND* (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991), Perfection, 1991, Lithograph 341/500, 21.5? x 16?, Signed

TOM OF FINLAND* (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991), Perfection, 1991, Lithograph 341/500, 21.5″ x 16″, Signed

This was Tom’s final achievement in his lifelong homage to the beauty of the male body, mind and spirit. He wanted to leave this world with one last attempt to do a masterwork. We printed 500 of the works to be signed but alas Tom was too ill to meet that requirement and was only able to sign into the mid-300s of the printing. This is the only lithograph series that he signed with his full name.


*Appears in My Gay Eye: Tom of Finland Foundation Special Edition.

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