Jul 24, 2013

The Pixel Painter

It's never too old to go digital! The Pixel Painter is a wonderful look into the life of 97 year old Hal Lasko (Lovingly referred to as 'Grandpa'), who found a new way to express himself as an artist thanks to his grand son introducing him to the world of computers. Originally a typographer in the analog age, Hal was afflicted with a debilitating visual condition called Macular Degeneration that lead him to believe that his creative career was over, which turned out to not be the case.

Ever since being introduced to painting programs on computers, Lasko now spends about 10 hours a day pixel painting, executing pieces that resemble a mix of retro computer graphics and pointillism. An inspiring piece about how the journey of an artist never quite ends, and how technology has enabled people to keep on going in the face of adversity. This brought some much needed cheer to my day. Hal's family is currently selling prints of his work over on his website, as a means of raising funds to make his next birthday that much more special.

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