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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

THE INQUIRING REPORTER


Our Inquiring Reporter cornered a bunch of this year's exhibiting artists, and asked what they look forward to at the 2000 Erotic Art Fair:

Marc DeBauch: “I look forward to reconnecting with all the other erotic artists, the ones that I know, and the new people I'm going to meet. I also really enjoy meeting the crowd that comes to the Fair, because they're the ones who make it happen!”

“Fairy Satisfaction” by Marc DeBauch

Valentine Hooven: “I think of the Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Fair as being the Columbia River for erotic artists. It's where we have to go to spawn. It's instinctual.”

John Aigner: “Although art is being sold at the Fair, for me the event has been first and foremost about getting to know and mingle with my audience and fellow artists.”

Gary Felgemaker: “I enjoy the people, I enjoy selling. I deal in antique prints, which is kind of unique for the Fair, but people enjoy it and so do I!”

Philip Hitchcock: “This year I'll be highlighting sculpture from my new book, `DARK IMPRESSIONS,' - so much of the work is on loan to me from my collectors. The uncensored atmosphere of the `Arts weekend' affords me the opportunity to exhibit some of my more aggressively erotic, and dangerous works, which are usually regarded as too controversial for conventional venues.”

Donald Hendricks: “The most beautiful thing in the world is a naked man; that's the absolute truth. The Erotic Art Fair allows me to honor that truth.”

Jeff Palmer: “This show is an excellent way to present my work, especially my edgier work, to a very interested audience of collectors. Every year, we look forward to the relaxed atmosphere, the camaraderie of artists, and the opportunities to make contacts and sales. We are always proud to be associated with the Tom of Finland Foundation and its fine reputation. Come see us!”

April Shelby: “I love the variety of different art experiences at the show. You meet collectors from all over the world with every type of taste in erotic art – and that's a wonderful thing!”

Thien Tran: “The Tom of Finland Erotic Art Festival is a unique celebration of eroticism that brings together erotic art creators and collectors.”


Robert Richards: “Although it's not a competition, the Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair is the Olympics of erotic art. You can meet and greet the great champions, and discover the promising newcomers. It's a feast for all the senses, and if you can't find something there that turns you on, lie down brother – you're dead!”

“Boy with Trojan” displays Robert Richard's great sense of humor together with his incisive draftsmanship


TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION 2000

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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland