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Hal Lasko : The Pixel Painter

This one is very close to my heart.

I was eight years old when I started ‘creating’ digitally. Our family computer which previously ran MS DOS got a slick upgrade to Windows 3.11, where I fell in love with Microsoft Paint.  I moved from sketching to creating elaborately detailed 8-Bit drawings.

Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter; your modern day, PC-wielding Georges Seurat.

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa,  was born July 28, 1915 in Toledo Ohio – he was one of eight children of Austrian immigrants. As he was starting his career as a graphic designer, he left civilian life to serve in WWII drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids.

Hal Lasko worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand.

During life after his service he was a graphic designer in Cleveland, OH. Working on projects for companies like General Tire, Goodyear and The Cleveland Browns, he eventually retired from American Greetings in the 1970’s.

While Grandpa worked in a creative field – he wasn’t able to fully express his artistic desires on the job – staying up late to paint at home and amassing his own collection of work. His earlier work ranges from colorful drip paintings to abstract design.

He says it wasn’t until he retired that he was able to dedicate the time he craved to his art. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired. His work blossomed and he painted on the computer all. the. time. No one knew how important this program would become to Grandpa until he lost some of his vision in 2005 because of wet macular degeneration. Since then Hal has also lost the majority of his hearing. Despite these “setbacks” Grandpa wakes up everyday and is still inspired to create.

Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.

The Pixel Painter from The Pixel Painter on Vimeo.

A couple of his prints are available for purchase here.