About ArtMolecular

Many of Venerable’s artistic works were done on commission for noted research scientists. Owners of ArtMolecular originals have been faculty and staff members at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, UChicago, Maryland, Michigan, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Soviet (Russian) Academy of Sciences among others.


Venerable has also completed commissioned works for the General Electric Corporation and art collectors in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The site of the largest public display of molecular art originals is at their place of genesis—the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of The University of California, Los Angeles, the artist’s undergraduate alma mater.


The genesis of ArtMolecular is chronicled in Venerable’s memoir, a teralogy entitled
“Footprints in the Chaotic Unknown: Art, Science, Oracles Kinfolk.”

Giclée reproductions and posters may be ordered for some of these works.

Our Mission and Future Vision

Grant Venerable is principal consultant of ArtMolecular Concepts, LLC., a consulting group focused on the development of optimum learning systems. We are committed to a mission of educational excellence in which the arts and sciences are integral to a unified mastery of knowledge. Knowledge exists without artificial boundaries, which are too-often imposed simply for the sake of “departmentalizing” knowledge for budgetary and human convenience. Deepest learning in any subject field crosses all areas of thought. Teaching and learning cannot occur in the absence of a clear vision of knowledge and its elemental forms. Such a view goes directly to a powerful “chemistry of learning” as a unifying picture of knowledge. Molecular Expressionist Art—also called “ArtMolecular”—is, in Venerable’s schooling and career experience, the prelude to learning scientific and mathematical concepts. But it is also integral to an understanding of science and technology as an “interdisciplinary” enterprise embracing the arts and humanities. Each picture image displayed on this website depicts some aspect of research in chemistry or physics, and each has a human story behind it. Each artistic work is a faithful portrayal of the chemical structures and physical processes being represented. Each is also the artist’s interpretation of the electron’s “point of view” of atoms and molecules—as well as the larger significance of the atomic system being illustrated. This novel approach to learning and illustrating scientific topics springs from Venerable’s own innate curiosity and thinking style as a scientist and artist.

The Artist

Grant Delbert Venerable II was born in Los Angeles and educated in that city’s exemplary public school system. Good fortune and artistic aptitude brought him a coveted P.T.A. scholarship for rising tenth graders to do a summer of study with the renowned studio painter, Joseph Mugnaini at the L.A. County Otis Art institute. He was intellectually prepared by the rigorous scientific and mathematical training in chemistry he received at Manual Arts High School (Los Angeles, 1960) and then in college at UCLA (B.S., 1965) and the Physical Sciences division at The University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1970). His understanding of chemistry and development of ArtMolecular flourished under the guidance of his freshman chemistry professors—Mostafa El-Sayed and Kenneth N. Trueblood, both of whose names figure prominently in the development of modern physical chemistry. The son of Thelma Scott Venerable, an artist-organist, homemaker, and corporate bookkeeper, and Grant D. Venerable, Sr., a Caltech graduate engineer (B.S. 1932) and small business owner, young Venerable grew up in an extended family culture steeped in science and engineering and music, art, and literature. Indeed, he grew up to become a professor of chemistry and cultural studies, and an accomplished pianist and organist. He has served on the faculties of California Polytechnic State University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and San Francisco and Chicago State Universities. In mid-career he was a systems scientist in Silicon Valley industry before returning to academe, eventually serving as Provost and Senior Vice President of Lincoln University (PA).