Reality & Fantasy The World of Tom of Finland
GALLERY X presents an exhibition looking back at the life and career of pioneering erotic artist Tom of Finland. Coinciding with Tom’s 100th birthday anniversary, this insightful exhibition presents a selection of works from throughout the lifetime of the late Finish artist, chronicling his developments in style and use of various mediums. Tom of Finland’s iconic muscular men and leather clad hunks validated and encouraged the freedom of eroticism and sensuality of male bodies, depicting a new ‘gay masculinity’ and ultimately expanding greater understanding and acceptance both inside and beyond the LGBTQ community. Tom’s men exist in a world which embraces fantasy and desire without shame or prejudice, and his legacy continues to fight for the rights of sexual freedom and artistic expression.