Olipas huippu ja yllättävät Kuplit!


There are great responsibilities for us that are entrusted to carry forward the legacy of a great man. Solja Järvenpää has handled her important role with enormous spirit, enthusiasm and fortitude. In doing so, she has garnered the respect and appreciation of many for her insightful hand in directing the heritage of Touko Laaksonen, the artist Tom of Finland.

Tom of Finland is a national treasure. Solja, a sparkling jewel.

Be it always remembered that it was Solja that suggested to TOM’s Foundation – Tom of Finland Foundation – that we apply for a Finnish postage stamp. We all know what glory that has bestowed on the master artist and the brilliant light it shines both on Finland and the entire LGBT world community.

How Touko Laaksonen has been reveled as a man here in Tampere though the Sealed with a Secret exhibition is a seed sowed and nourished by Solja. It is not only a tribute to an artist and hero, but a testimonial of everyone who came together to work on it.

The exhibition, Dirty Frames, was only realized with the genius of Solja. Helsinki was treated to Tom and his fellow artists through their comics. The opening was filled with drinking, laughing, singing and, of course, Solja’s dazzling, infectious smile. The humor of Touko teamed with the joy of Solja gave visitors the most amazing and fun-filled show.

Thank you Solja, for your glittering eyes have shown us a whole new realm of possibilities and we are very proud to have you on TOM’s team!

Durk Dehner, president and cofounder
S. R. Sharp, vice president and curator
Susanna Luoto, representative and curator
Tom of Finland Foundation


”The Deed of the Year Within Comics”, 28th March 2015, Tampere, Finland

I got a giant brush (Vuoden sarjakuvateko 2014) for courageous contribution to the Tom of Finland postage stamp and exhibitions. Thank you for the wonderful surprise and the beautiful words Durk, Sharp and Susanna. -SJ


“DIRTY FRAMES” | 28th August | Helsinki


frontPresenting comics by Touko Laaksonen in the same spirit for which Tom of Finland is known – without shame or reserve. 



TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),  Untitled (From Mike – “In the Park”, Pt. 1), 1975, Pen & ink on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1975 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From Mike – “In the Park”, Pt. 1), 1975, Pen & ink on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1975 Tom of Finland Foundation

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. 

The opening is also the launch of a very special book from Like Publishing, Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia. Tom of Finland Foundation has teamed with the publisher to present Tom of Finland’s comics in their original Finnish text, with several of the stories in print for the first time.

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Tom of Finland Foundation,  Tom of Finland Seura, The Arts Promotion Centre FinlandFinnish Comics Museum and The Finnish Comics Society. The Finnish Comics Society was the first Finnish organization to honor the artist in granting him the Puupäähattu in 1990, the most prestigious Finnish comics award.

The exhibition is one of the highlights of the the 29th Helsinki Comics Festival celebrating Queer artists this year, and  it coincides with the 40th anniversary year of Seta.

Opening: 6:00p

MUU Gallery
Lönnrotinkatu 33
00180 Helsinki

Runs through: 28th September 2014