OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
Announces the Winners of the
2009 - 2010
Emerging Erotic Artist Contest
Grand Prize Winner
and His Award Winning Work
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Judging for Tom of Finland Foundation’s 8th Emerging Erotic Artist
Contest (EEAC) is completed, and the Foundation derives great
pleasure in presenting all the submissions, including the winning
pieces, online for the public and press.
This year’s competition
produced the usual range of fresh and challenging work from an
international roster of contestants from the UK, Italy, France,
Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia,
Germany, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.
The entries showcase the continued vibrancy and creativity extant
in erotic art, and artists thrive when they are supported in their
development and when an international audience of peers, curators,
and collectors see their work. Editors are warmly encouraged to
take advantage of this opportunity by publishing the winning works.
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offered on our website.
The past has proven that a good percentage of the winners have
gone on to become recognized in their field. Past Contest winners
include Hector Silva, Marc DeBauch, Patrick Lee, Darrell Boy Smith,
Dragan and Jay Jorgenson.
This year’s Contest also generated an artistic controversy that
we may rightly christen with that popular phrase “a teachable
moment.” Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery, or of thievery,
one may ask? When does homage cross the line into copyright violation?
The EEAC panel of judges deliberated this question carefully in
light of Crack Takes Over Your Life, a painting by James
Cooper, who based his work on an existing digital photograph by
Comments by the two artists involved, as well as the judges for
the Contest, debate the question in the link that follows. Ultimately
the work was allowed to stand as an illustration of the ongoing
The winning works of art will be exhibited at the Foundation’s
Hollywood — Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend, March 27-28,
2010 in West Hollywood Park. Many of the Contest entries are offered
for sale; interested parties are invited to contact ToFF’s offices
for availability and details.
The Foundation also wishes to thank its distinguished and diverse
panel of judges: Kat Coric, Montreal; Dr. Laura Henkel, Las Vegas;
Jay Jorgensen, Los Angeles; Marco Livingstone, London and Michael
Taubenheim, Berlin. Their insight and erudition always enriches
the dialogue that art creates. The judges biographies are available
Please contact us for any further information on how you can partner
with Tom of Finland Foundation in furthering its mission. It is
ToFF’s desire to document, conserve, collect and share.
Hollywood / Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair Weekend
February 12, 2010
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