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It”s said that art delves below the surface of things to see into the interior. This is certainly true in Danny Quirk”s art. Quirk uses live human models to demonstrate the inner workings of the body, with the aim of demystifying what”s going on inside all of us.

Quirk uses liquid latex, acrylic paint, and Sharpies to render people”s interiors on their exteriors. He carefully depicts muscle, bone, veins, arteries, nerves, and more, all with loving detail. Each image features multiple layers of anatomy, so that it appears as though the people were peeled and sliced open.

As visceral as the art is, though, it”s not gory or violent. Instead, it”s a surprisingly beautiful look at the things that make us up.

This rendition of dorsal muscles also happens to be in the shape of Australia.

Quirk runs anatomy seminars for those interested in getting to know the human body from the inside out. The seminars attract students, artists, and just about anyone looking for better understanding. Quirk also says that he hopes people will stop associating the body”s insides with fear or disgust.

“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.”

Quirk, who originally intended to get into medical illustration, has worked with cadavers for research purposes, and is intimately acquainted with bodies. “Having spent time working with cadavers and creating illustrations for medical publications,” he explains, “I got to experience first hand just how complex yet delicate the body is, wonderfully illustrating beauty is more than skin deep.”

Quirk”s process is incredibly detailed.

Quirk

(via My Modern Met)

There”s more to Quirk”s artistic endeavors than these body paintings, though. You can see more on his Behance and Facebook pages, and you can check out some images from his Immaculate Dissection seminars as well.

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