|Art by Mr. Atomic owned and photographed by|
my granddaughter: wide-eyed innocent-looking-
but-not boys, and below, a somber Edgar Allan Poe,
the 19th-century Gothic poet and mystery writer.
We were walking out of the Toledo Museum of Art, one of my favorite places, and I asked my grand- daughter Julia if she had a favorite artist. Philip was skipping ahead of us looking at the sculpture. "I like Matisse and some of that kind of art, and I love photography," she said," but one of my favorites is the art work of Mr. Atomic. That kind of art." That was the first I had heard of Mr. Atomic.
The next time I heard of Mr. Atomic was at an art fair on Main Street in Sylvania. I had moved here after ten years in Florida and two years in Ukraine with the Peace Corps. Julia took me to the Mr. Atomic exhibit. Wow. The art was large, colorful and bold; some of it was wry. some a bit on the dark side. Philip liked the big action figures. The art drew them in. It's certainly explosive.