Friday, October 4, 2013

Hal Lasko-"The Pixel Painter"-uses MS Paint-Beautiful !

Hal Lasko (now 98) has created many beautiful paintings using MS Paint.
I intend to purchase an enchanting one of autumn trees, called Looking Up, from his website.

This 98-Year-Old Man Spent 13 Years Creating Remarkable Art in MS Paint
by Jordan Teicher
3 Oct 2013

Originally a traditional painter, he switched to MS Paint full-time in 2005 when his vision was impaired by wet macular degeneration, an eye disease that causes blindness in the center of his vision. He has since created more than 150 digital works, though his blindness means he will never be able to view them in their totality.

“When I started to go blind, I wasn’t able to get the brush quite where I wanted it,” Lasko told WIRED. “So when I got into the art program on the computer, I appreciated that I could blow it up eight hundred times [larger] and be sure that I was hitting the right spot.”

Last July, Ryan Lasko, (his grandson) who works as a graphic designer for a New York City software company, teamed with Josh Bogdan, a college friend and San Francisco copywriter, to direct a short documentary called about Hal and his art.

The Pixel Painter (video on this Wired webpage), which runs eight and a half minutes, spends an entire weekend with Hal discussing his love of making art in MS Paint; the shoot included his 97th birthday celebration and the debut of an art exhibit at a senior center where Hal displayed two of his digital paintings.

Since the video was posted on Vimeo last month, it has since tallied 1.2 million plays, reaching viewers in Poland, China, and South Korea.

At present, 12 of his paintings are available on the Hal Lasko website.

Available in 2 sizes: 8" x 10" & 16" x 20".
Larger sizes are available by request.
Printed on Somerset 100% Cotton Museum Rag Paper.
Each print signed and dated by Hal Lasko in pencil, below the image, on the right.
NOTE:  Prints on canvas may be available later on.

A portion of each purchase will be donated to Case Western University School of Medicine for Retinal Studies Research.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences seeks to promote the study of basic and clinical problems of the eye and visual system that may lead to improvements in the prevention and treatment of major blinding disorders worldwide.

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