2016 Tom of Finland Foundation Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

Guy Baldwin

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FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

Guy is a long time and respected member of the Leather community; he has won the titles of International Mr. Leather and Mr. National Leather Association. He is a psychotherapist-educator and a sought after speaker.

Guy takes the approach that erotic play can definitely be part of a healthy expression of one’s sexuality. Many have benefitted from his sound advice in seminars, workshops and through his publications.

Artist Hall of Fame

REX

FOR HIS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

FOR HIS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

The artist known only as REX has proved to be one of the most controversial and enduring artists. Over the past four decades his meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings have delighted and outraged a worldwide audience with their homoerotic subject matter, sometimes sweet and sometimes raw.

Since the sixties he has lead a reclusive life as a cult figure and underground artist with an international reputation enabled thru pirated reproductions of his work first in print, and today on the internet.

 

Artist Hall of Fame

David Hurles

FOR HIS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

FOR HIS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

For over 40 years, David Hurles documented the hidden world of rough trade and rent boys posing, masturbating, wrestling, or boxing. His models ranged from drifters and grifters to hustlers and ex-cons — men who came to Los Angeles, and Hurles’s studio, to make it big but mostly landed in Hollywood’s gutter.

His photographs were ubiquitous fixtures in gay publications throughout the seventies and eighties and continue to enjoy a strong following today.

Achievement Award

Rubén Esparza

FOR HIS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

FOR HIS ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

Rubén has been included in a group of California artists that explore the new genre of “Conceptual Pop.”

His artwork is included as part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Santa Barbara Museum, among others.

Dedication Award

Ad Schuring

FOR HIS ONGOING DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART

FOR HIS ONGOING DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART

Ad, in his own words, “is committed to the usual insecure, self-absorbed, excessive, judgmental and the bizarre, shocking pornographic stuff us Homos just can’t seem to live without.”

He has devoted himself to giving Homo erotic art the respect and status it deserves. He is a stalwart soldier and the slimy-est of schwein. We root before him.

Special Recognition

Marti Pike

MARTI PIKE

Marti is a librarian for Woodbury University and has volunteered her time to the Foundation since 2008. She has taken our library from index cards to international cataloging.

Her knowledge and expertise are a beacon to all the volunteers who flock around her, and with all their help are making our collection most worthy.

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Photos by Benno Sebastian

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