First run in 1993, the Competition aims to cultivate the next generation of artists who are producing erotic artwork. The main criterion for entry is that the artist is not already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality. The Grand Prize is an original Tom of Finland drawing. The contest was judged by a stellar group of 10 internationally renowned contemporary artists: assume vivid astro focus (Eli Sudbrack and Christophe HamaidePierson), Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset), Richard Hawkins, Ryan Heffington, Bruce LaBruce, Helmut Lang, Linder and A.L. Steiner.
The Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition, originally founded in 1993, is based on the “principals and ethical codes of its cofounder Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland,” who became an icon in the Gay world for his beautiful and erotic artwork. The Emerging Artist Competition provides up and coming Queer artists a platform to showcase their work and then have it judged by some of the most prominent and highly-respected individuals in the field.
“Artists create what they see. It is without trepidation of what of their works are seen,” S. R. Sharp, Curator at Tom of Finland Foundation, said, “Sexuality is a nourishing element in a whole being. The artist Tom of Finland embodies an era of freedom. This competition gives a remarkable opportunity for the new artist to show their complete self and be recognized by others.”
TOM OF FINLAND GRAND PRIZE WINNER 1st Place Winner JOHN PALATINUS SINGLE FIGURE AWARD
FELIPE MERES (USA)
Genesis 2 male, measuring gaze, pure anality, 2014 Digital collage, inkjet print on luster paper, 50” x 40”