Tatsuo Horiuchi is a 73-year-old artist, who found his passion in digital art 13 years ago, right before his retirement. However, as graphics software often can be quite expensive, Horiuchi chose to challenge his artistic capabilities by creating his beautiful and highly intricate pictures with Excel.

The idea of trying out something new in life came naturally to Horiuchi – the retirement was approaching quickly and uncompromisingly, and like in most such cases, a new hobby becomes a must. Horiuchi’s been interested in graphic arts for quite some time and it was only a matter of choosing the most affordable and practical software.

Horiuchi had never used Excel at work, nevertheless he soon mastered the technique and even won Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006. His deeply delicate and harmoniously colourful images mirror the traditional Japanese paintings, often exhibiting gorgeous landscapes and pieces of natural and cultural heritage.

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Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle (2006)

Kegon Falls (2007)

Source: odn.ne.jp  (via: spoon-tamago)

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