Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko (aka “Grandpa”). A short documentary film about a one-time graphic artist who started creating in Microsoft Paint when he lost his eyesight. These days, Grandpa spends up to ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is like a collision of pointillism and 8-Bit art.
“We got Grandpa a computer probably fifteen years ago,” says Lasko’s grandson, Ryan. “I knew I had to show him Microsoft Paint. And once I did, he took off with it. It wasn’t until years later that we realized how important this thing was to him.”
Directed by Josh Bogdan, “The Pixel Painter” is as much an exploration of technological empowerment as it is a tribute to artistry in general; at its core, it’s a poignant ode to passion, life, and the will to create.