Artist and recent Pratt Institute graduate Danny Quirk continues to amaze with incredibly realistic anatomical illustrations painted directly on the body. Quirk uses liquid latex, acrylic paint, and Sharpies to expose the intricate inner workings of the human body. Muscles, tissue, organs and more are carefully rendered on the subjects’ skin, making it appear as though their flesh has been opened up to reveal the inner wonders that allow us to move, breathe, and live.
“It seems there is a skewed connotation with the perception of anatomy in art,” Quirk says. “For whatever reason, people tend to view it as ‘morbid’ or ‘creepy.’ Part of the goal of these pieces is to combat this ignorance, and educate individuals as to the beauty that lies beneath. Having spent time working with cadavers and creating illustrations for medical publications, I got to experience first hand just how complex yet delicate the body is, wonderfully illustrating beauty is more than skin deep.”
Quirk began creating these incredibly realistic anatomical body paintings in response to the frustration of being rejected from medical illustration programs at med schools. Now, the artist uses these body paintings in order to bring textbooks to life and teach anatomy at Immaculate Dissection seminars aimed towards students, emerging professionals, and anyone interested in the human body. It’s the perfection combination of three of his favorite things–art, anatomy, and education!