Tom of Finland Foundation Announces 10th Annual Emerging Artist Competition

Frontiers, a Southern California LGBT magazine, has promoted the 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition.

As noted by contributor Dominic Preston, “L.A.’s Tom of Finland Foundation is this year celebrating both the 10th anniversary of its Emerging Artist Competition, and the 30th anniversary of the foundation itself”. The article lists the 10 esteemed judges of the competition and quotes from a statement by Durk Dehner, President of Tom of Finland Foundation:

In actively mentoring emerging artists, being guardians of culture, and providing safe environments that nurture growth and blossoming of a broader context of visual erotic arts, we pursue Tom of Finland’s ethos and practice that inspired generations.

The competition’s Grand Prize Winner will receive an original Tom of Finland preparatory drawing, a detail from which is shown below:

Detail from Untitled (Preparatory drawing). Grand Prize for 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

Detail from 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

Submissions for the competition close on November 3, 2014. For further details about the competition, visit the 2014 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition page.


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The Art of Instigation

Issue 25 of gay men’s leather fetish publication Instigator magazine contained a retrospective article on the magazine’s featured artists over the past decade – among them, Tom of Finland and many other artists who have had involvement with Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF).

Instigator (Issue 25)

Titled “The Art of Instigation”, the article featured work by Tom, along with ToFF-associated artists such as Pedro Palanca, Hector Silva, GreaseTank, Sean Platter and many more. The article also gives a special thanks to ToFF:

Special thanks goes out to the Men at the Tom of Finland Foundation. The richness of our community’s culture is made ever the more so, due to their boundless  dedication preserving & promoting the collections of Erotic Artists like these. If you like what you’ve seen in the pages of Instigator… Support them. Sign on as a member. It’s easy… Become one of Tom’s Men. You’ll be the BETTER MAN for it. (p. 62)

Published out of Los Angeles, Instigator Magazine is in its 10th year, with issue 25 serving as “An Introspective Retrospective” of the magazine’s work over the past decade.

"The Art of Instigation" article in Instigator Magazine (Issue 25)

To become a member of Tom of Finland Foundation, join here.

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Tom in China: Art World Magazine features an excerpt from Tom of Finland’s biography

Art World Magazine, an influential art magazine published out of China, has published an excerpt from Tom of Finland’s authorised biography, translated into Chinese.

Tom of Finland Foundation approved the publication of the excerpt from Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero, written by F. Valentine Hooven III and published by Bruno Gmünder Publishing in 2012. The excerpt appeared in issue 272 of Art World Magazine – an issue titled “Sexy Signal”, which focussed on sex and bodies in contemporary art.

Art World (cover of issue 272, "Sexy Signal")

The excerpt was published under the title “Men’s men: The paintings of Tom of Finland” and featured two accompanying images of drawings done by Tom in 1982 – the drawings “Daddy’s Day” and “Mounted Patrol”:

Art World article: "Men's men: The paintings of Tom of Finland"

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