Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero Book Extract

Enjoy the Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation exhibition catalogue, extracted from the official biography of the gay icon.


  • Exhibitions

This LGBTQ+ History Month we’re re-sharing this mini exhibition catalogue from our last exhibition at Granary Square.

2020 was due to be, among other things, a year of celebrations to mark the centenary of Tom of Finland.

2020, as we know, had other ideas, and we had to close the UK's first public exhibition dedicated to the gay cultural icon and illustrator after just 10 days.

So we're delighted that the exhibition lives on in a new, official biography of Tom, in the form of a mini catalogue within the book.

And we're extra delighted that the publishers have kindly shared the extract with us for House of Illustration's legion of Tom of Finland fans. Enjoy!

Please note: This ebook is for those aged 18+ only. It contains sexually explicit imagery, including some images that could be interpreted as sexually violent, and may not be suitable for everyone.

Read the extract here:

Extracted from Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero by F. Valentine Hooven (Cernunnos, £35), with permission from Abrams & Chronicle Books.

Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation was part of #TOMs100 and was generously supported by The Finnish Institute in London.

To find out more about Tom of Finland, watch our virtual tour of the exhibition.