Greg Dunn: Thinking About Thinking

Greg Dunn’s neuroscience art illustrates the complexity of the human brain.

About Greg Dunn

I enjoy Asian art. I particularly love minimalist scroll and screen painting from the Edo period in Japan. I am also a fan of neuroscience. Therefore, it was a fine day when two of my passions came together upon the realization that the elegant forms of neurons (the cells that comprise your brain) can be painted expressively in the Asian sumi-e style. Neurons may be tiny in scale, but they posess the same beauty seen in traditional forms of the medium (trees, flowers, and animals).

I admire the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean masters because of their confidence in simplicity. I try to emulate this idea.

In October 2011, I finished my doctorate in Neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania. Since then, I have been devoting my time to painting. When I’m not doing this, I’m enjoying reading scientific papers, playing music and watching “How It's Made.”

(from artist's website