is an homage to Touko Laaksonen (Finnish, 1920-1991), a.k.a. . is widely regarded as the foremost gay male erotic artist of our time. In the years following World War II his images had a tremendous influence on emerging notions of human seksuality in general, and masculinity in particular. His work presents affirmative images that have been accepted as positive role models for multiple generations and Foundation carries on his legacy today.
, a product of Lunas Entertainment Ltd, is supportive of Foundation, and a portion of the casino’s proceeds will go to assisting in furthering its goals. The Foundation’s collection holds the world’s largest repository of erotic art, including a permanent collection of 1,500 original works by , 2,000 works by other artists and archives of more than 100,000 images, documents and other pieces of art, all needing maintenance, some needing restoration.
, born Touko Laaksonen in Finland in 1920, ignited a cultural movement with his iconic homoerotic art, which premiered in the Spring 1957 issue of the groundbreaking American all-male magazine, Physique Pictorial. He is considered and respected as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, with works part of permanent collections in museums around the world. His signature black-and-grey technique is instantly recognizable and remains a key component of popular culture.
His body of work includes over 4,500 works of art, mostly featuring men with exaggerated sexual traits, such as square jaws, bulging muscles, while wearing tight or scant clothing and positioned in a variety of hyper-masculine scenarios.
is an important part of art history and pop culture because of his forward-thinking depiction of homoseksuality. Tom’s raw and honest art depicted homosexuality with an unabashed and confident air.