Induction of Little Boy (The End of the World is Near… Ready?)

InductionOfLittleBoyInduction of Little Boy, 2011


Acrylic, Genuine Gold Leaf, and Spray Paint on Canvas


40” x 48”


“Induction of Little Boy” depicts the power and authority of an atomic bomb, more specifically the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The atomic bomb, named “Little Boy,” that dropped on Hiroshima forever changed the history of Japan in 1945. The aftermath left devastation of the city of Hiroshima, the local population, and their national identity in its wake. Not only people were harmed from the blast itself, the radiation affected thousands of people with some ending up with cancer. The cranes allude to the story of the girl and the 1000 paper cranes, attracting inspiration and sympathy simultaneously. The surface mimics the dilapidated walls of the buildings that fall within the blast radius. Patterns near the bottom come together as an urban environment as the top patterns reflect the fiery sky exhibited at the time of the bomb drop. Drips also accompany the background, representing the poisonous black rain produced from the radioactive chemicals that gave many thirsty people false hope.

A drawing done by a survivor at Hiroshima.

A drawing done by a survivor at Hiroshima.

A drawing done by a survivor at Hiroshima. The mushroom cloud.

A drawing done by a survivor at Hiroshima. The mushroom cloud.


The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the dr...

The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb nicknamed ‘Little Boy’ (1945). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




About Julian Peña

I'm a visual artist and student currently in progress to attaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I've been creating fantastical works of art since I was at the age of 13 years old. My work is transcendent beyond the material world and life itself. The paintings are polychromatic and visually exciting, while still maintaining a level of harmony. The subjects in many of these works of art may not exist at all despite what we perceive. It is a play on perception, an attempt to engage the viewers. I has earned numerous scholarships, participated in several group exhibitions, and already organized my own solo exhibition (CMYK, 2011). My meticulous and unique style is visually arresting. New ideas are constantly being examined and then visually communicated. Come check out my works at! I am is also currently part of the 253 Collective (a co-op) in downtown Tacoma. I currently live and work out of my loft in downtown Tacoma, WA.

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