Article in PhillyVoice “Mutter Museum features artist’s ‘mind-blowing’ images of the brain”

By Greg Dunn|August 7, 2015

BY MEERI KIM, PhillyVoice Contributor | Published JULY 07, 2015 The artwork of Greg Dunn starts off simple, typically with circular blobs of liquid black ink on a piece of paper. With a few strong puffs of air, the blobs grow finger-like tendrils that stretch outward — and in turn, those tendrils split off into even smaller branches. Eventually, the paper is covered with what looks like a leafless, black forest. This ink blowing technique, discovered as a happy accident by Dunn, turns out to be the perfect way to mimic the sprawling, fractal-like complexity


Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist

By Greg Dunn|May 18, 2015

by Tanya Lewis, for | December 10, 2014 …..”The microscopic world belongs in the world of Asian art,” Dunn said. “There’s no distinction between painting a landscape of a forest and a landscape of the brain.” …. Read Full Article Here.

Society for Neuroscience 2014 exhibition

By Greg Dunn|November 13, 2014

I will be exhibiting reflective microetchings, prints, scrolls, and gold leaf paintings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC November 15th-19th from 10am-4pm each day. The address for the convention center is 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001. The general public should be able to walk into the convention center to see the booth, and you should not have to be registered to do so.

NSF grant

By Greg Dunn|November 13, 2014

My collaborator Dr. Brian Edwards and I have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create an enormous microetching of the human brain at as close to full complexity as possible! The full work will be completed and installed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 2016. We are very excited about this project, and you can find out more about it here.

Science Inspires Art: The Brain. – article in the New York Times

By Greg Dunn|October 21, 2014

New York Hall of Science, Queens. Opens Oct. 11. Adults $11, children and seniors $8. By JASCHA HOFFMANSEPT. 29, 2014 This art exhibition offers some new ways of looking at that three-pound hunk of jelly in your skull. Some do it with humor: a mock-infographic that shows a brain hinged open to reveal dozens of tiny people scurrying about, and an elegantly staged photograph of a small brain on a dinner plate with serving spoons. Some offer neural self-portraits, like the artist with multiple sclerosis who paints Technicolor versions of her brain scans


Art and science make beautiful collaboration

By Greg Dunn|October 21, 2014

Neurons and Other Memories exhibit in Miller Gallery evoke connected world by Rachel Cohen Oct 12, 2014 “The aesthetic highlight of the exhibit is Greg Dunn’s series of four beautiful, shimmering works: “Purkinje Neurons,” “Synaptogenesis,” “Glomerulus,” and “Retina I” are enamel depictions of neural connections on leaves of gold, copper, and aluminum.” read full article here.

Etching the Neural Landscape

By Greg Dunn|October 1, 2014

A neuroscientist-artist draws inspiration from the materials and techniques of Asian scroll painting to visualize the complex wiring of the brain. by Greg Dunn for American Scientist October 2014 Both art and science arise from our root desires to describe our experience of reality. From this starting point, the artistic and scientific paths diverge. Science describes external reality, about which we share a consensus. Art captures our internal, subjective realities. But the two sides do not always stand apart. My own work can best be described as science/art, not simply because I paint that


Exhibit at the Garrison Institute

By Greg Dunn|May 1, 2013

i am a visiting artist at the Mind and Life Meeting, June 15-21st, Garrison, NY. I was invited to exhibit artwork and give a talk at the Mind and Life Meeting at the Garrison Institute in NY in June this year.  This meeting features a discussion between neuroscientists, meditators, artists, and researchers in the contemplative disciplines.  I am honored to be a part of it. You can also see some of my art hanging there at the moment. More information here:

“You wish your neurons were this pretty” in Wired Magazine

By Greg Dunn|February 25, 2013

by Greg Miller When Greg Dunn finished his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Penn in 2011, he bought himself a sensory deprivation tank as a graduation present. The gift marked a major life transition, from the world of science to a life of meditation and art.   Now a full-time artist living in Philadelphia, Dunn says he was inspired in his grad-student days by the spare beauty of neurons treated with certain stains. The Golgi stain, for example, will turn one or two neurons black against a golden background. “It has this Zen quality to it that really


The Minimalist Brain – on Science Friday

By Greg Dunn|January 26, 2013

BY ANNETTE HEIST Halfway through his PhD program in neuroscience at UPenn, Greg Dunn was inspired to try a new experiment: using the brain structures he was seeing in the lab as the subject matter for his minimalist Asian-inspired paintings. “In grad school, I would be looking at these images all day, and I was already on an Asian-art wavelength,” Dunn says. “One day I saw some images of Golgi-stained neurons, and I thought, ‘They’re sort of similar to these Zen paintings I’ve done.’  So I started experimenting, blowing ink around on a page. And it looked like


A Fractal Solution to the Universe – an interview at Buddhist magazine Tricycle

By Greg Dunn|November 21, 2012

An interview about the connections to my meditation practice and the specific techniques I use in painting. A Fractal Solution to the Universe An interview with “neuro-painter” Greg Dunn web exclusive If you’ve perused the current issue of Tricycle, you’ll have seen the beautiful and intricate artwork that illustrates our article about the convergence of Buddhism and neuroscience, “A Gray Matter,” by Columbia University professor of Japanese religion Bernard Faure. If these images seem hauntingly familiar, it’s for a reason. They’re of the neurons in our brains! The artist behind them, Greg Dunn, graduated from the University


Meet me at SfN in October

By Greg Dunn|October 11, 2012

I will be exhibiting at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans starting October 11th in the lobby of the convention center! I will have gold leaf paintings, scrolls, prints, etc. available for viewing and purchase.  I will be in Lobby E on Saturday Oct. 13th, 1-5pm, and Sunday 14th – Tuesday 16th 10-4pm. Please stop by to say hello if you have a moment to spare.  

Article in the French blog – “The Brain From Top to Bottom”

By Greg Dunn|August 22, 2012

You can google translate the whole article if you don’t read French. Its so poetically written. Mais il est une autre dimension de la nature, tout aussi spectaculaire que celles-là, et je dirais plus fondamentale encore puisque sans elle toute la diversité du comportement animal n’existerait pas. Je parle bien sûr de la complexité de nos cellules nerveuses, tant dans leur forme, qui n’est pas sans rappeler celle des arbres, que dans leur organisation entre elles, digne de la forêt vierge tropicale (où ce qu’il en reste…).   Full article here:

Art and its Connection to Science – interview

By Greg Dunn|July 20, 2012

The Brain’s Artistry: A Conversation with Neuroscientist and Artist Greg Dunn BY MELISSA MCSWEENEY Though art and neuroscience may initially seem like severely different disciplines, artists and neuroscientists have more in common than one might think. For example, as Dunn himself proclaimed, “Part of being an artist or a scientist is living your life with the intent to solve a problem: wanting to know more about something that you’re interested in, and allowing yourself to become utterly obsessed and consumed by the problem.” It appears that Dunn has done exactly that, and in the


Artwork featured in Discover Magazine

By Greg Dunn|April 23, 2012

Ink Wants to Form Neurons, and an Artful Scientist Obliges Earlier this year I was interviewed by Discover Magazine. They created an amazing gallery and article about my work.  Thank you! Check it out here:

An Interview Published at The Huffington Post

By Greg Dunn|May 25, 2012

Neuroscience Art: Greg Dunn’s Neurons Painted In Japanese Sumi-e Style – interview with Greg. Some of the works, like “Hippocampus II,” give those of us who do not spend a lot of time around a microscope a look at the complex architecture of our neurons. And then there are the occasional stumpers that are impossible to decipher as neuron or nature. “Two Pyramidals,” for example, look like upside down dandelions far more than, as Dunn explained over the phone, “a type of neuron found in the brain that integrate information received from their


Exhibit at Howard Hughes medical institute

By Greg Dunn|May 7, 2012

Fifteen works are currently on display at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm campus in Ashland, Virginia.  This exhibit will be taken down and reinstalled at the HHMI headquarters in Washington DC on May 1st, 2012, and will be exhibited until July 2012.

Interview on The Beautiful Brain

By Greg Dunn|November 9, 2011

Interview and online gallery posted on the Neuroscience themed online publication The Beautiful Brain by Noah Hutton: Beneath all, what do you find beautiful about the brain? GD:It is literally the most complicated object in the known Universe!  The tremendous knot of cells when connected in a certain way gives rise to a strange sense of “I” that is able to ponder and learn things about its environment.  It is an utter miracle, and is at the root of why we are conscious beings able to appreciate this world and all of its beauty. How can


Hippocampus II appears on the cover of the journal Neurosurgery.

By Greg Dunn|October 8, 2011

Hippocampus II appears on the cover of the journal Neurosurgery, along with a full length article written by journalist David Haldeman. …Dunn is a 6th year PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, and his approach to art mirrors his scientific background. He uses pipettes to deliver precise amounts of pigment to the canvas, creates wet lab-style workflow protocols so that he can accurately reproduce techniques later, makes digital mock-ups of a project before putting his brush to canvas, and uses his knowledge of chemistry to precisely manipulate the variety of


An article in Britain’s Daily Mail

By Greg Dunn|September 23, 2011

Dubious, hastily written, and silly article appears in Britain’s Daily Mail, of all places.

Posting at the science/art blog Bioepherma

By Greg Dunn|September 13, 2011

I used to have a beautiful gold Japanese folding screen, which was purchased by my great-grandmother’s feisty sister on a trip in the 1920s. I loved the gold patina and the surprisingly modern impact it had on my wall. At the moment, it’s loaned to a friend, but looking at Greg Dunn’s artwork, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the best aspects of my screen: the gold leaf, crisp black patterns, and way that the scene seemed half natural, half abstract. Full article at:

Exhibit at the Burrison Gallery, University of Pennsylvania

By Greg Dunn|July 8, 2010

At the Burrison Gallery, located inside the University Club at the Inn at Penn, the artwork of graduate student Greg Dunn couples art with science in an eye-catching exhibit. “Neurons and Nature,” a collection of work by Dunn, a fourth-year graduate student in neuroscience at Penn Medicine, is on display through Aug. 6. Dunn’s paintings are inspired by his study of neurons – the cells that make up the brain – his admiration of Asian art and his love of nature. Art meets science at Burrison Gallery – full article here: