About Glendon Mellow

Glendon Mellow was born under a cabbage leaf in the summer of 1974, covered in stork feathers and placenta. Inspired by evolution and biology to create his oil paintings, he is particularly fond of the colour Naples Yellow. After doing a few portraits, Glendon took his work online with his blog The Flying Trilobite in spring 2007, and his art has been featured on the ScienceBlogs Retrospectacle: A Neuroscientist's Blog and Page 3.14. Glendon considers himself a Bright, and seeks to increase our visual language by drawing upon the abundance of discoveries in natural history. " I think my artwork appeals to people who recognise trilobites and tardigrades and so on, and enjoy seeing them depicted as part of a strange yet traditional composition." Glendon and his wife Michelle live with their hermit crab Shiny, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Darwin Took Steps


(Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.) . Glendon named this Darwin Took Steps. Size: 8″x11″, Oil on canvas paper. Assigning a number to any amount of steps would be arbitrary, but I chose 5 for a reason. Four for the support of evolution by natural selection (Darwin drew upon examples of 1. biogeography, 2. morphology, 3. embryology, and 4. palaeontology), and the fifth step for natural selection itself, or the elevation of reason over dogma, as the viewer … Read on…



Tonight marks our first-ever visual-arts item. It is a painting named Symbiosis from Glendon Mellow. More about Glendon can be found at his blog  and at his page on Deviant Art. Click on the representation of the painting below for a much larger image. Symbiosis: Oil on canvas.  An image of shared mortality, seldom recognised. The tardigrade floats free in its relationship to macroorganisms, the human bound to its symbiotic relationship with his digestive microorganisms.  A beautiful and sad relationship, … Read on…