Alexander Ross
The primordial cell

I discovered the work of Alexander Ross through his flickr page years ago and I wanted to make a post about him ever since. His hyper worlds of cellular growth and green towering vines are one of a kind and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Also have a look at this other post about cellular illustrations:
David S. Goodsell — The Machinery of Life

Why do painters still paint? One reason is that it’s an efficient way to obsess over the insoluble mind-body problem. People have physical bodies and nonphysical consciousness, but no one knows exactly how they connect. Similarly, paintings are material objects and vehicles of immaterial imagination, and the relationship between those two aspects remains magnetically mysterious.
Taken from this article at the New York Times