“Art is the knowledge of how to become joined to the soul of the world.” – Eddie York
Passionate and eccentric, Eddie York was an artist who had an amazing eye for creating replications. Over his career, he created more than 90 busts of actors, presidents, and ordinary people, some of which were signed by the people they were modeled after. He also created replications of Greek and Roman coins, some of which were put on display by President Harry Truman.
Eddie was born and raised in Detroit and moved to Toledo after serving in World War II. He passed away in 1986 at the age of 66, after a life-long battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome caused by the war. His PTSD caused him to live a nomadic, private life, void of many personal relationships and fraught with erratic behavior.
By paying tribute to Eddie York through Tribute to Toledoans, we hope to shed light on this man with a beautiful mind, his wondrous works of art, his often-misunderstood life, and the disease that many Veterans also experience after coming back from the War.
Check out the Tribute to Toledoans documentary or visit the Eddie York Facebook page.