Friday, September 11, 2009

Typewriter Art

Here's something my mom sent me in my email:

He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home (Roseburg, OR) for years.
Paul Smith,the man with extraordinary talent was born in
Philadelphia on September 21, 1921 with severe cerebral palsy.
Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral
palsy, a disability that impeded his speech and mobility but also
taught himself to become a master artist as well as a terrific
chess player even after being devoid of a formal education as a

"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one.
Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he almost
always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using
the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his
pictures were based on these characters--@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ .
Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He
often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he
kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery
of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create
shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble
pencil or charcoal drawings."

This great man passed away on June 25, 2007, but left
behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an
inspiration for many.
(These pictures are unbelievable. Strange we should just now be hearing
about him. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And we think OUR lives
are challenged?)

Typewriter Art
Can you believe that this art was created using a typewriter?

If you want to see more------

Click here: Paul Smith Typewriter Art Gallery

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