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1:12 pm - 05/28/2013

Tatsuo Horiuchi | the 73-year old Excel spreadsheet artist

“Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle” (2006)

“I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’” says 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi. About 13 years ago, shortly before retiring, Horiuchi decide he needed a new challenge in his life. So he bought a computer and began experimenting with Excel. “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computer,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”

Horiuchi also tried working with Microsoft Word but it didn’t off the flexibility that Excel did. “Take that, Wall St. analysts,” he later added. (not really)

Horiuchi first gained attention when, in 2006, he entered an Excel Autoshape Art Contest. His work, which was far-superior than the other entries, blew the judges away. Horiuchi took first place and went on to create work that has been acquired by his local Gunma Museum of Art.

“Kegon Falls” (2007)

Don’t believe these were made in Excel? You can even download the excel file and play around with it yourself:
Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle (2006)
Kegon Falls (2007)


puckyducky 28th-May-2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
That's really amazing *-*
dori_liv 28th-May-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know this was possible
they are really beautiful
liime_arix 28th-May-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
This brave soul. I hate excel with the passion of a thousand suns. But this beautiful.
k0dama 28th-May-2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Would it still be impressive if a 25 year old did this
umbrellaphone 29th-May-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
I'd be impressed if there are any 25yo who can achieve such zen aesthetic artworks in the first place, let alone using a non-art medium like Excel.
kat_desu 28th-May-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Excel gives me the biggest headaches but this is absolutely awesome!
katzsong 29th-May-2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Ooh we can download it? I'll take the cherry blossoms, since I love almost anything with cherry blossom. I'll tinker around when I have time. Thanks OP for sharing the link!

All respect and admiration for the original artist. You go, Horiuchi-sama! :Db
blood_opal 29th-May-2013 01:53 am (UTC)
You can actually draw things in Excel? My mind is blown. O___O
baka_neko3 29th-May-2013 02:32 am (UTC)
this is freaking awesome! like crazy!

and i feel so useless atm... i use excel on daily basis at work and haven't done any 'masterpiece'... really, feel so useless atm...
piahawk 29th-May-2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Amazing! I use excel at work too; wish I could do this all day instead.
secretdreamers 29th-May-2013 03:08 am (UTC)
This is insanely good. I can't believe you can do something like this in excel. It must've taken him ages to complete.
atelierlune 29th-May-2013 03:43 am (UTC)
Holy crap. To think EXCEL of all programs could be used for this!
fallblau_129 29th-May-2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
OMG! sooo pretty! to think those images are possible in Excel>_<

he's amazing :)
___varying 29th-May-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
There are Excel Autoshape Art contests?? I learn something new everyday.
whited_79 29th-May-2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
he did these with Excel? wow!
nitzi 29th-May-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Didn't even know that was possible! Could have used it during my 14 hour meeting today ._.°
mizumi10 30th-May-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
downloaded the file and checked it out. OH MY GAWD...this is freaken amazing! ;;
sundaetea 30th-May-2013 03:38 am (UTC)
that's pretty amazing.
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