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 .