Greg Dunn Design http://www.gregadunn.com Visual Art | Neuroscience Art | Gold Leaf Painting Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:27:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Looking for research assistants http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/looking-for-research-assistants/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:19:31 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2610 Continue reading ]]> Hey folks,

I’m looking for assistants to help research and contact:

  • press outlets (e.g. websites, blogs, newspapers, television, etc)
  • museums
  • art and/or neuroscience organizations
  • educational organizations
  • artist agents, etc.

Over the next month, I need help to generate an international wave of publicity for a National Science Foundation funded project I am working on out of the University of Pennsylvania that fuses art and science to create the world’s most elaborate and complex artistic depiction of the human brain. This piece will give an unprecedented view into the human brain for both the lay public and professional neuroscientists alike and will be installed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in June. The point of this project is to completely transform the way in which the average person thinks about the brain. I and my genius collaborator Dr. Brian Edwards have spent essentially four years of our lives dedicated to this work and are now poised to finally unveil this massive piece of art to raise awareness and consciousness about the organ most important to our humanity. It is about connecting people, about inspiring a new generation of brain scientists, and about allowing us to marvel at the utterly insane complexity that is the human brain. Here are a few preliminary images and a link describing the project a bit more:

Preliminary data organization 120115 basal ganglia timing values cortical layers full res cerebellum plate with watermark
The Job:
You will be able to help us by researching useful contacts in the scientific, artistic, museum, and mass media worlds to solicit press for this important project (i.e. magazines, newspapers, social media, television, blogs, websites, foundations, museums, relevant organizations in neuroscience, art, psychology, education, etc). I will also want to organize speaking tours around the USA and eventually internationally to give talks to universities, scientific institutions, art museums and organizations, etc.
Great candidates will be comfortable with scientific vocabulary and topics and/or a knowledge of the art world. If you are bilingual in Spanish, Arabic, German, French, Japanese, Russian, or Mandarin/Cantonese that is a huge plus as well as I’d like to publicize this work internationally.
As at least some of your work will be in reaching out via email, please demonstrate your skills in written communication and attention to detail by briefly answering the following questions:
1. Please tell me a bit about yourself- name, profession, interests.
2. How familiar are you with the field of neuroscience?
3. How familiar are you with the art world (museums, galleries, publications, etc)?
4. Do you have experience in marketing? If so, what?
5. How many hours a week can you devote to this project?
6. Why does this work interest you and what do you think you can contribute?
7. Please give me a sample of 3-5 places you would think to contact in order to solicit articles or publicity about this project. As everybody will have a different set of contacts and expertise, I want to direct everybody to their strongest area. Tell me in what fields you would be most comfortable making contacts.
8. Please, let me know if you fluently speak any of the languages I mentioned above.
Time frame:
Though this initial round of research would be unpaid, if by the first week of May you have demonstrated that you can significantly contribute to this project, I am open to extending this position longer than that time period to one or more applicants that have demonstrated their value. If you are chosen to continue on as a RA, I can offer payment of $12/hr beginning in the first week of May.
After everybody is oriented and knows exactly what they will be doing (I’d imagine about a week or two of figuring things out and sending emails to make sure we are all clear on everything), I will get you started on doing research, collecting contacts, emailing people, etc.
Please follow all of the directions above in your note. As I am anticipating a decent sized response on this, in order to be considered please make sure that your email is clear and concise and addresses all of the above points. If it is not I may be unable to respond. I am unfortunately slammed for time right now and I need to make sure that those I work with are excellent at following directions and are capable of doing great work on their own.
I very much look forward to your response, and am excited to start working together to show this work to the world!

Deadline for applications: Monday, April 11th

best,
Greg
email:
(greg (at) gregadunn.com)
or use the contact form situated in the footer.
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Neural Migration http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/neural-migration/ Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:58:16 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2208 Continue reading ]]> 21K and 12K gold, metal powder, dye, and ink on stainless steel
30″ X 42″
2015
$9000
Neural Migration depicts a period of brain development wherein radial glia (black cells) divide continuously to create new neurons (white cells). These new neurons climb the black dendritic stalks of their parent cells, eventually finding their final resting places within the layers of cerebral cortex. This process creates billions of new neurons and occurs over the period of only a few weeks during gestation.
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Pranayama http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/pranayama-microetching/ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:41:20 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2103 Continue reading ]]> 22K handmade gilded microetching
limited edition of 10

(current available piece is #4/10)

24″ X 32″, complete with frame and custom light fixture

Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards, 2014

Please contact for pricing information

 

Pranayama, controlling the mind through the breath, has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. With continued practice comes a growing awareness of prana, a subtle energy in the body whose movement can be controlled through breath.

This dynamically reflective gilded microetching depicts the movement of prana in the body as the viewer walks around it. When walking from left to right, the “inhale,” prana is withdrawn from the extremities, into the central channel, and upwards. When walking from right to left, the “exhale,” the prana moves back down the central channel and into the extremities. The microetching “breathes” as the viewer walks past it, providing a reminder to bring the mind back to a position of awareness.

Please watch the short film below, shot and produced by Will Drinker, to get a sense for what the microetching looks like. Please note that these effects are only present in the original 22K gilded microetchings, not in the print of this piece that you can find in the Print section. The print is a still photograph of the microetching.

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Article in PhillyVoice “Mutter Museum features artist’s ‘mind-blowing’ images of the brain” http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/article-in-phillyvoice-mutter-museum-features-artists-mind-blowing-images-of-the-brain/ Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:36:01 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2079 Continue reading ]]> BY MEERI KIM, PhillyVoice Contributor | Published JULY 07, 2015

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Mind Illuminated- major exhibition at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia through January 2016 http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/mind-illuminated-major-exhibition-at-the-mutter-museum-in-philadelphia-through-january-2016/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:24:27 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2070 Continue reading ]]> Hi all,

I have a major exhibition of 16 scrolls, gold leaf paintings, and microetchings at the Mutter Museum in Philly through January 2016. You can see a preview of the exhibition below.

 

Here is a writeup of the exhibition from Philly Voice:

http://www.phillyvoice.com/mutter-artist-mind-blowing-images-brain/

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Exhibition “Mind Illuminated” at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia through Jan 2016 http://www.gregadunn.com/uncategorized/exhibition-mind-illuminated-at-the-mutter-museum-in-philadelphia-through-jan-2016/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:21:27 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=2068 Hi all,

I have a major exhibition of 16 works that is currently hanging at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia until early January of 2016. You can see a preview of the exhibition here:

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Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/dazzling-images-of-the-brain-created-by-neuroscientist-artist/ Mon, 18 May 2015 15:57:06 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1994 Continue reading ]]> by Tanya Lewis, for http://www.livescience.com | 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.

life-science

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Society for Neuroscience 2014 exhibition http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/society-neuroscience-2014-exhibition/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:01:08 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1655 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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NSF grant http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/nsf-grant/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:49:31 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1652 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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Visual Cortex II http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/visual-cortex-ii/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:44:01 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1649 18″ X 66″
$1200
Ink in sized xuan

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Visual Cortex I http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/visual-cortex/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:40:21 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1646 18″ X 66″
$1200
Ink in sized xuan

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Extracellular Matrix II http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/extracellular-matrix-ii/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:35:26 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1643 18″ X 60″
$1400
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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Extracellular Matrix I http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/extracellular-matrix/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:31:22 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1640 18″ X 60″
$1400
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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Alzheimer’s Tangles http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/alzheimers-tangles/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:24:22 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1637 18″ X 66″
$1200
Ink on sized xuan

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Cortical Columns http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/cortical-columns/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:19:12 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1635 21K, 18K, and 12K gold, ink, dye, and mica on aluminized panel
36″ X 48″
2014
SOLD

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Spinal Cord http://www.gregadunn.com/gold-leaf-painting-by-greg-dunn/spinal-cord/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:05:26 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1632 21K and 12K gold, ink, and dye on stainless steel
24″ X 36″ unmatted, 29″ X 41″ matted in custom gold mat
2014
$8000  SOLD

 

 

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Science Inspires Art: The Brain. – article in the New York Times http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/science-inspires-art-brain-article-new-york-times/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:09:21 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1591 Continue reading ]]> New York Hall of Science, Queens. Opens Oct. 11. Adults $11, children and seniors $8.

Cortical Columns

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 on silk, and the artist who gives an unsettling depiction of the white “aura” that appears in her field of vision before a migraine headache. Of the 42 works selected by a gallery director and a neuroscientist, most were from artists, “perhaps because entries from scientists tend to be too didactic,” said Cynthia Pannucci, the founder and director of Art & Science Collaborations Inc., who organized the exhibition. Among the most moving, however, were those that simply show the anatomy, such as “Cortical Columns,” a haunting panel by the neuroscientist-turned-painter Greg Dunn, who uses gold and silver powders, ink and dye to render nerve cells in all their branchiness, like saplings waiting for winter.

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Art and science make beautiful collaboration http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/art-and-acience-make-beautiful-collaboration/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:58:40 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1588 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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Etching the Neural Landscape http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/etching-neural-landscape/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:13:54 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1594 Continue reading ]]> 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 which scientists study but because I draw evenly from artistic and scientific approaches to capture the essence of the neurons that carry sensations and produce thought.

 

My artistic career began during my tenure as a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. As I came to learn, molecular research can be an existential exercise in that you must rely on machines and chemical reagents to “see” your experiments. Painting provided me a welcome respite from lab frustrations because it gave me a sense of control. When painting, I can experiment and immediately see the result, judge it against my intentions, and iterate as necessary. I can convey my thoughts to the world without having to worry about grants, contaminated compounds, the politics of publishing, or an unexpected flood in the mouse room threatening to wash away my study subjects.

 

Read full article here.

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Cortical Circuitboard http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/cortical-circuitboard/ Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:44:08 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1382 Continue reading ]]> 22K gilded microetching in custom frame
24” X 32”, 2013
Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards
limited edition of 15

Please contact for pricing

Cortical Circuitboard features a stylized array of cortical neurons that are arranged into the layered structure of the cerebral cortex.  We incorporated aesthetic motifs drawn from circuitboard design into the neural landscape to draw parallels between the chaos of a biological brain and the order of an electronic one.
This piece features the first example of Dr. Edwards’ animation algorithm.  Using visual information built into the design, Dr. Edwards wrote a program that calculates the precise angle necessary at any coordinate on the microetching to reflect light to the viewer standing at a given position.  This allows light to reflect off of the surface in specific ways, giving us the ability to depict animations within each neuron.  As the viewer walks past the microetching the neurons fire action potentials, creating a finished piece whose circuit dynamics represent the actual firing patterns found within the cerebral cortex.

Cortical Circuitboard is framed with a beautiful dark wood moulding and comes with a custom built solid brass lighting fixture that affixes to the top of the frame that is optimized to highlight the reflective animations.  A fading mechanism is built into the unit to allow the light to be adjusted.

updated cortical circuitboard

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Brainbow Hippocampus http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/brainbow-hippocampus/ Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:31:51 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1376 Continue reading ]]> 22K gilded microetching in custom frame
24” X 32”, 2014
Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards
Limited edition of 20

Please contact for pricing

This microetching is of the cellular structure of the rodent hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in learning, memory, and sensory integration.  It depicts the classically studied trisynaptic loop wherein axons arriving via the perforant path from cortex (bottom left) synapse onto the neurons of the dentate gyrus (C-shaped structure, bottom center).  These neurons in turn sent their axons to pyramidal neurons of the CA3 region (right), followed by CA3 sending axons to synapse onto the bushy dendrites of the CA1 pyramidal neurons (field of neurons in left and center top).
This microetching is also designed to illustrate an important genetic technique called Brainbow developed by researchers as a way of visualizing the brain.  Scientists randomly expressed combinations of blue, red, and yellow fluorescent proteins in every neuron in a mouse’s brain, leading to a dazzling variety of colors that is completely different for each mouse.  Having the neurons a particular color makes them easier to trace amongst the many millions of neurons in the brain.

We illustrate this concept in the painting by having each neuron catch light from a specific angle.  When different lamps are placed around the painting, each neuron catches a unique combination of colors yielding a rainbow effect.  As the Brainbow technique itself is a random process, we capture this fact in the microetching by demonstrating that the colors look completely different depending on the angular perspective of the viewer.  As the colors of each mouse’s neurons would look unique, each perspective shift in the painting reveals a unique set of colors.

 

Brainbow Hippocampus lit with white light

Brainbow Hippocampus lit with white light

Brainbow Hippocampus lit with multicolored light

Brainbow Hippocampus lit with multicolored light

Brainbow Hippocampus detail of black walnut shadowbox

Brainbow Hippocampus detail of black walnut shadowbox

The microetching is sold in a custom shadowbox with a dark wood frame outfitted with both single white and multicolored lights installed on faders.  The sets of colored and white lights can be controlled independently.  This allows the microetching to be viewed in either exclusively white light (“confocal mode”), or with colored lights (“Brainbow mode”).

BBHC still image compilation

 

 

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Silicon Wafer http://www.gregadunn.com/microetchings/silicon-wafer/ Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:52:35 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1388 Continue reading ]]> 22K gilded microetching in custom frame
23” diameter, 2013
Greg Dunn and Brian Edwards
limited edition of 10

Please contact for pricing

Engineers utilize photolithographic etching processes to manufacture nanoscale components onto silicon wafers to create microchips.  The features on a microchip are so small that they diffract light into its component colors.  The result is a beautiful rainbow effect, and the colors change depending on the angle of the viewer and the surface features of the chip itself.  We have made a large scale microetching of a silicon wafer using similar photolithographic processes.

As the color on this piece is imparted by the lamps and not the diffracted light itself, we can emulate the rainbow hues of the diffracted light from a nanoscale etched wafer, or we can impart any colors we like onto the surface. When illuminated only with white light, it becomes easy to appreciate the depth of complexity in the individual reflective layers of the chips themselves.

updated silicon wafer on the wall Silicon Wafer white medium

Silicon Wafer is framed with a beautiful custom dark wood circular shadowbox complete with installed lighting allowing illumination by either single white or multicolored lamps.  The white and colored lights are built onto independent circuits each with a fading mechanism to allow fine adjustment of illumination.

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“Cortex in Metallic Pastels” won The 2013 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING VISUALIZATION CHALLENGE http://www.gregadunn.com/news-about-greg-dunn-neuroscience-art/cortex-metallic-pastels-won-2013-international-science-engineering-visualization-challenge/ Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:28:42 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1231 2013VisualizationChallenge

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Zebrafish Embryo I http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/zebrafish-embryo/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:08:32 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1070 approx. 20″ X 66″
2013
$1400
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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Two Pyramidals http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/two-pyramidals-3/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:03:21 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1067 approx. 20″ X 66″
2013
$800 SOLD
Ink on sized xuan

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Zebrafish Embryo II http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/zebrafish-embryo-ii/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:09:47 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1073 approx. 20″ X 66″
2013
$1400
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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Red and Purple Tangles http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/red-purple-tangles/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:00:26 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1064 approx. 20″ X 66″
2013
$1100
Mica on sized xuan

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Neuromuscular Junction II http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/neuromuscular-junction-ii/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:59:03 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1061 approx. 20″ X 66″ (Blue/Gold Silk)
2013
$1200 SOLD
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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Monochrome Ink Cortex http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/monochrome-ink-cortex/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:52:55 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1054 approx. 20″ X 66″
2013
$1000 SOLD
Ink on sized xuan

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Microglia and Astrocytes http://www.gregadunn.com/neuroscience-and-nature-scrolls-by-greg-dunn/microglia-astrocytes/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:50:02 +0000 http://www.gregadunn.com/?p=1051 approx. 20″ X 66″
2013
$1300 SOLD
22K gold and ink on sized xuan

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