Typewriter Art

Although this is making the email circuit, it’s one of the more ingenious and incredible things I’ve seen. All these images below were made with typewriter keys by the artist Paul Smith. Here’s the story as the way it was forwarded to me in an email from my mother, from my cousin’s husband. I’m not sure where it originated, but thanks for sending.

Here is the artist’s website, where you can learn more about his work and his creative process: http://www.paulsmithfoundation.org/index.html
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 & 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 child.

“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.
Typewriter Art

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

typewriter art 1 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 2 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 3 by Paul Smith

detail typewriter art 3 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 4 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 6 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 8 by Paul Smith

detail typewriter art 8 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 10 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 9 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 11 by Paul Smith

detail typewriter art 11 by Paul Smith

typewriter art 12 by Paul Smith

detail typewriter art 12 by Paul Smith

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the
way it is. The way you cope with it, is what makes
the difference.”

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One Response to “Typewriter Art”

  1. MadSilence says:

    Incredible. And while I’m reminded of mouth & foot painting artists, what Paul Smith does with the typewriter requires creative imagination and forethought, planning ahead for the next key stroke, & the next, & the next.

    Like chess strategy.

    It seems even more incredible when you assume he didn’t move the paper out of the typewriter, simply moving forward line by line.

    I wonder if members of the younger generation who never used a typewriter can imagine how difficult this must be!

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