Not quite Tom of Finland, but still Finland

 

2014 Just before Christmas Lidbury was asked by  Finish author J Ahtola for permission to use some of Lidbury's paintings as cover illustrations to some gay novels, to be published in Finland in 2015.

 

The only thing Lidbury knew about 'gay + Finland' were the art work of Touko Laaksonen or

'Tom of Finland' as he was more widely known. Touko Laaksonen considered a national hero for his gay illustrations,  even appearing on sets of the nations stamps.

 

The irony of Lidbury's non-pornographic male nude paintings for which Devon & Cornwall police had homophobically attempted to prosecute Lidbury for, coming out as published illustrations in a set of books in Finland, home of possibly the worlds best known homoerotic artist -Tom of Finland was quite sweet. 

 

The published books (in Finnish) available here.

 

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Lidbury painting on Finnish book cover