The beautiful brain

Hippocampus II, 2010

I am captivated by these images by Greg Dunn,  a visual artist with a Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.

Olfactory Bulb

It’s not so easy to tell at first glance whether Dunn is painting a branching pattern of a plant or that of a neuron. But maybe that’s the point. Dunn’s eye seems attuned to the dazzling beauty packed into the cellular architecture of each square millimeter of our nervous system, architecture that repeats itself all around us.

Glomerulus, 2008, ink on xuan with digital manipulation

You can view more images and read an interview with the artist onThe Beautiful Brain .

This is your brain on art

Andy Warhol for Neuroscientists. Image by Valerie van Mulukom

This morning I spent some time looking through the winners of the first annual Brain-Art Competition, a competition designed to “recognize the beauty and creativity of artistic renderings emerging from the neuroimaging community”. This competition aims to recognize the artistic creativity of our community that often goes unappreciated in the publication process.

There are some incredibly visually striking images and you can view an online gallery of these here.