He's long gone, but not forgotten. And artist Tom of Finland (aka Touko Laaksonen) continues to amaze with his classic work. We recently wrote about this exhibit of his original paintings at the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach. 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." For more info on the art fair, click here. And for more on the book, go to brunogmuender.com.