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On the centenary of his birth, the UK’s first public solo show dedicated to gay cultural icon and prolific artist Tom of Finland.

Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) was an art director at an advertising agency by day, by night he created unabashed and unapologetic depictions of homosexuality that helped to shape gay identity, inspired LGBTQI rights campaigners and influenced artists as diverse as Freddie Mercury, Robert Mapplethorpe and John Paul Gaultier.

Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation will display 40 works on paper produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, both before and after homosexuality was decriminalised in much of Europe and the U.S

Featuring illustrations from his iconic Kake comics and rare linocuts produced in very limited editions, many of the works, on loan from the Los Angeles-based Tom of Finland Foundation, will be on display to the public for the first time.

Prints & drawingsContemporary artLondonArt gallery

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