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77-Year-Old Japanese Artist’s Microsoft Excel Paintings Are True Sheets Of Magic

By Mikelle Leow, 04 Dec 2017


Video screenshot via Great Big Story

Having retired in 2000, Tatsuo Horiuchi desired to spend his work-free days creating artworks. Unlike most painters,he decided to swerve from traditional mediums and opted for quite possibly the world’s most mundane software: Microsoft Excel.

The rationale behind the decision might surprise you: Horiuchi was, in his own words, “stingy,” and did not want to spend money on paints or waste time mixing them with water.

He thus set his sights on Microsoft Excel—a free tool that was pre-installed in his computer—and transformed the graphing program into a graphic software.

“I set a goal,” he tells Great Big Story. “In 10 years, I wanted to paint something decent that I could show to people.”

Fast forward 17 years, and you can see how excel-lent the artist has become at his craft. Watch his interview with Great Big Story in the mini-documentary below.

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[via Gizmodo, video via Great Big Story, video screenshots via Great Big Story]
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