umbrellaphone (umbrellaphone) wrote in aramatheydidnt,

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)


Tags: japanese culture

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