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Tatsuo Horiuchi Creates Amazing Art Using Microsoft Excel

73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi uses the popular spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel not for number calculations or data listings, but to draw elaborate Japanese motifs. In an interview to PC Online, Horiuchi said that he did not use Excel at work, but when he saw other people use it to draw graphs, he figured he could make drawings using the office tool. In 10 years, Horiuchi became proficient enough to issue works in art exhibitions.

According to Horiuchi, graphics software is expensive while Excel comes pre-installed in most computers, and is easier to use than Microsoft Paint. He tried using Word but was limited to the paper sizing and he could draw more freely in Excel.

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Horiuchi uses the “Auto Shape” feature in the newer version of Excel that allows users to embed custom shaped objects into a spreadsheet. Each of his portrait is studded with countless “Auto Shapes”, carefully shaped into intricate patterns and colored.

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.

If you are skeptical, you can download the actual Excel files from the links below:

Cherry Blossoms at Jogo Castle (2006)
Kegon Falls (2007)

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27 comments:

  1. This is breathtaking & genius with the medium.

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  2. Erm....someone should introduce him to a decent vector drawing package....CorelDRAW maybe?

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    1. Corel Will eat up all the memory in your system

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    2. Corel, Illustrator, and Photoshop!

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    3. Totally agree! - CorelDraw 3.0 was great - so easy to use. Unfortunately it became difficult to use bloatware like Photoshop.

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  3. That is one clever dude...

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  4. Something new too learn at work

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    1. Why not learn "too" spell?

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    2. Manners are more important than correcting typos. Please learn some.

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  5. and all this time I thought excel was just good for spreadsheets & reports... I've never seen anything like this! what amazing art!

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  6. Stunning artwork. 10/10

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  7. beautiful work :)

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    1. Awesome work, what a unique idea

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  8. Omg, speechless. So creative & amazing.

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  9. This gives me a boner.

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  10. How practical, creative and beautiful!

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  11. Trully remarcable ! I love it

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  12. what a talent !! he is 73 year old and i'm much younger than him but i think can not do what he did.

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  13. Are you serious all these artworks are done in in Microsoft excel?! Oh my God I am way more backward than him. Just brilliant in one word!

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  14. Not only his artworks with Excel blew all the judges away, They also blew away my old belief!

    OMG... I've been working using Excel all this time but I didn't get any glimpse that my closest working tool can do something this AWESOME!

    I'll make sure to try this at least once in my life, Many thanks to Tatsuo Horiuchi and this blog owner for this shocking and inspiring information!

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  15. Dear Tatsuo Horiuchi! You did some exceptional and stunning work. it's again established that never give up.you have a dream you gotta protect it. Appreciate your creative work with MS EXCEL. I will try to do the same. Hope it will working.

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  16. its really remarkable awesome many thanks for sharing.

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  17. Exceedingly sophisticated amazing art with using microsoft excel. I never thought excel can help to create tremendous design. I have seen some best Japanese motifs in etsy. Thanks Tatsuo Horiuchi for your creative work.

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  18. Truly magnificent, Are you genuine every one of these works of art are done in Microsoft exceed expectations?! Goodness my God I am much more in reverse than him. Only splendid in single word!

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