The Tom of Finland Foundation, which preserves and promotes the legacy of the iconic gay artist, is returning with its Emerging Artist Competition, an opportunity for young, queer artists to showcase and gain notoriety for their work.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the competition, and the Foundation has gathered an impressive panel of queer artists to judge the submissions. These individuals include Richard Hawkins, Ryan Heffington and Bruce LaBruce, among others.
The Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition is meant to be an open forum for queer artists to showcase their work in a freeing and nonrestrictive fashion.
Photo of Tom of Finland by Patrick Sarfati.
“In actively mentoring emerging artists,” Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, said in a statement, “being guardians of culture, and providing safe environments for the arts, we pursue Tom of Finland’s ethos and practice that inspired generations.”
Head here for more information on the competition and check out the Grand Prize for the 10th Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition below.
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1979,
Graphite on paper, 8.31″ x 11.69″, ToFF #1004 © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation
By James Nichols
The largest comics festival in Northern Europe welcomes comics fans and professionals alike. The main event features once again a comics market, Small Press Heaven, artists, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, live drawing performances, competitions, animation, kids’ events and clubs.
The theme this year is LGBT comics.
Among the highlights of this year’s festival are the exhibitions celebrating the lives and works of two of the most prolific Finnish LGBT artists, Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen) and Moomin creator Tove Jansson.
The exhibition includes artists associated with Tom of Finland Foundation including Etienne, The Hun, Michael Kirwan, Jouni Lepistö, Joe Phillips, Benoît Prévot, Studio Splatter, Thor of Sweden and Bill Ward.
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