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Published On Sep 22, 2014

Clinical Care

Living Anatomy

Artist Danny Quirk paints the living structures of the body on live models.

Medical illustrations come to life when artist Danny Quirk paints cutaways of the human body directly onto the skin. Quirk, an artist who studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City, uses latex, acrylics and markers to illustrate the inner workings and structures of the human body. His in-demand illustrations have been used as teaching tools in a gross anatomy class for physical and massage therapists, where the meticulous sharpness of the illustrations bridges the gap between traditional medical illustrations and the real thing. “It’s sort of like a cadaver that can talk back to you,” Quirk says, “like a textbook that can move.”

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