Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist
The brain has been called the most complex structure in the universe, but it may also be the most beautiful.
Greg Dunn earned a PhD in neuroscience before deciding to become a professional artist. His work captures both the aesthetics and sophistication of this most enigmatic organ. Here are a few of his dazzling creations:1-Cortical Columns, 2-Basket and Pyramidals, 3-Gold Cortex II, 4-Cortical Circuitboard, 5-Brainbow Hippocampus in Blues, 6-Brainbow Hippocampus variations, 7-Glia and Blood Vessels, 8-Glial Flare, 9-Spinal Cord
“There’s no distinction between painting a landscape of a forest and a landscape of the brain.”
The patterns of branching neurons he saw through the microscope reminded him of the aesthetic principles in Asian art, which he had always admired.
While much of Dunn’s work focuses on neurons, his subjects also include other tissue types, such as glia, non-neuronal brain cells that provide support and protection for neurons.(image 7-8)
One of Dunn’s most arresting pieces isn’t of the brain at all, but
of a slice of the spinal cord.(image 9)
Through his art, Dunn hopes to give voice to scientists whose work usually isn’t appreciated by the general public, he said. “Art has the power to capture people’s emotions and inspire in a way that a lot of charts and graphs don’t have.”