My Jaw Dropped To The Floor When I Realized What This Image Really Was, NO WAY


Born in the 1920’s with cerebral palsy, Paul’s ability to speak or move is severely limited. Since few doctors then expected someone with this disease to survive for long, Paul did not receive an education and is illiterate. He learned to speak at 16, and at 32 he learned to walk. Yet at 11, he taught himself to be an artist using only 10 keys of an old typewriter. His technique, one he completely invented, uses symbols such as the number symbol, or pound sign (#). He moves the paper in and out of the clutch hold of the typewriter so that he can make the pound signs connect in all directions to form lines, curves, and shapes. He also uses the left side arm which usually moves the paper down to the next line to continue typing, but he uses it to manipulate the position of the paper. He has type-drawn wildlife, landscapes, a portrait of Franklin Roosevelt, and copies of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, with extraordinary accuracy. From several feet away, the pieces appear to be ink and/pencil drawn. As one moves closer to peruse the picture, it is indeed composed out of tens of thousands of typewritten characters connected together.
One of his compositions features a prominent desk with a caringly placed and pronounced typewriter atop it, which is a picture of his childhood bedroom. For the desk handles, he used the “@” symbol. His cerebral palsy makes using a pen or brush impossible for Paul, yet he simply found his own unique medium. He uses different colored ribbons for his color pieces, as evidenced by one of the landscapes with the red barn, and another with the red, white, and blue of the American flag.

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