Greg Dunn: Thinking about Thinking

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

Exercise Suggestion

After watching “Greg Dunn: Thinking about Thinking,” create a facsimile of your own brain—the way it seems to work, the way it feels, the corridors of lightness and darkness. What does your brain look like in clay, collage, or color? How does creating a facsimile help you explain yourself to yourself, and to others?


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 Its Made”.

(from artist's website