Tom of Finland art fair this weekend in West Hollywood

By Phillip Zonkel
Press Telegram

If you love male erotic art – and who doesn’t –
this is the art show for you.

Lalo Ugalde’s “The Joker” will be on display this weekend at the 17th annual Erotic Art Fair in West Hollywood. Image courtesy of Lalo Ugalde.


The Tom of Finland’s 17th Annual West Hollywood Erotic Art Fair starts Friday and closes Sunday in Fiesta Hall at Palmer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., and this year, promoters promise to put the “Erotic back into the weekend.”

The show features numerous artists from around the globe displaying and selling sculptures, photographs, paintings, sketches and digital renderings. Some of the artists who will be at the show include Hector SilvaMichael KirwanLalo Ugalde as well as Long Beach artists Steven H. Garcia and Steve MacIsaac.


Apart art displays, several events are scheduled, including life drawing and photography each afternoon and the launch of the anthology “Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero.” The book chronicles Tom’s life with never-before-seen photographs and some of his rare works. Authors, F.Valentine Hooven, III, Durk Dehner and S.R. Sharp, will be discussing and autographing copies of the book.


He’s long gone, but not forgotten. And artist Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) continues to amaze with his classic work. Now, there’s a new book that traces Tom’s early life in Finland through his career in advertising to when he started producing the epic work that still influences the gay world.

Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero is an anthology from author F. Valentine Hooven III and German publisher Bruno Gmünder that features numerous drawings and rare photographs. The book will be launched this weekend at the Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend, which will be held at the historic Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard) in West Hollywood. The Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) presents the event each year, and this 17th edition from September 29-30 will feature about 50 booths displaying various erotic works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media and digital work. The fair also features live models posing for artists and photographers.

“This is the coming together of artists from around the world to share with each other and to present their latest creations of art to the public”, president and cofounder of ToFF Durk Dehner says. ”It is one of the most positive, life-affirming experiences in which one can partake, from both the artist’s and public’s point of view.”

Written by Vincent Lambert