Jonathan McCabe


Jonathan McCabe is a generative artist based in Australia.

He is interested in theories of spontaneous pattern formation from physics and biology, and their application to art and design, in particular, Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis (1952), which explains the generation of spots and stripes on animals and plants. Another of his inspirations is Karl Sims’ Genetic Images (1993) where functions of position are selected and recombined in a kind of artificial evolution. 

McCabe’s works are ambient and non-narrative, and are reminiscent of the color field painting school of abstract expressionism. His education included a Master of Arts (Electronic Art) from the Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology (2000). His work has been featured in Wired, New Scientist, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and on the BBC.