The Tom of Finland comic that continues to inspire erotic art
The illustrations of Tom of Finland have helped define male sexuality and gay identity for decades.
One of our favourite characters created by Tom of Finland is that of Mike, who appears in the series On The Bus.
Tom of Finland – inspiring erotic art
The series featuring Mike and his adventures On The Bus has been a source of inspiration for today’s erotic artists.
Exploring the role of unlocking our desires through erotic art, artists Seth Bogart and Jess Scott collected a genre-spanning group of artists for this exhibition.
Scott and Bogart were inspired by a comic panel from the On The Bus series by Tom of Finland. The panel depicts two men boarding a metro train bound for Hell – Heaven. Scott and Bogart explained that the destination was a twinning of opposites – pleasure and pain, camaraderie and isolation, truth and disguise, and a total disassembling of the binary itself.
Featured artists in Heaven and Hell
- G.B. Jones
- Louis Fratino
- Dean Sameshima
- Patrick Staff
- Bruce LaBruce
- Matt Connors
- Jeffrey Cheung
- Martin Sorrondeguy
- Frederick Weston
- Heather Benjamin
- Rafa Esparza
- Brontez Purnell
- Matt Lifson
- Nickolaus Typaldos
- Aimee Goguen
- Kim Coleman