“My aim is not to create an ideal but to draw beautiful men who love each other and are proud of it.”
“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!” – Tom, Tom of Finland: His Life and Times
From the 1940s on, Tom of Finland pushed the boundaries of gay erotic art, creating a style of comics that inspired a generation of gay men to celebrate their sexuality.
Let’s Go Camping with Tom of Finland has been curated with Lakes International Comic Art Festival and the Tom of Finland Foundation, and charts the artist’s career, including his famous Kake comic series and some of his other popular titles, including Camping and the soccer comic, Dick. The exhibition will also explore the work of artists inspired by Tom of Finland, including the well-known American artist, Michael Kirwan. This is a unique, free exhibition, open to those over 18, and part of the official Tom of Finland Centenary celebrations, supported by the Finnish Institute.
An Exhibition in Association with Lakes International Comic Art Festival and the Tom of Finland Foundation.