The Requited – A Look at the Unusual Art of Danny Quirk

The Requited on Behance

“The Requited” © Danny Quirk

I saw this photo in my Facebook News Feed today and it intrigued me, so I looked it up. Originally, I thought that the couple in the painting was pregnant and that the butterflies coming out of her belly represented the life cycle, but I was wrong. It turns out that this painting is only a part of a series of paintings that represent a love story.

Each photo  in this set has a symbol in it.  I think it is truly amazing and awe-inspiring.

This project was published on Bēhance, an online platform from Adobe that is designed for artists to showcase their creative work and get it discovered, on January 17, 2012, by Danny Quirk.  He specializes in photorealistic watercolors, painting, and the things the camera cannot see.  The “hidden eye”.   His photos are perceived to be a bit dark, but they are really about exploration.  He is best known for his series entitled ‘Anatomical Self-Dissections‘.

What the artist says about the series.

The piece was done as a sequential series, depicting the journey of love from rejection to reciprocation, based off personal accounts.

His career really took off after he painted his girlfriend like a zombie for Halloween one year.  That was his first ever body painting.  He describes the process he uses on IFLScience.

Watch Danny Quirk as he goes through the process of creating an anatomical dissection body painting.


"Laminectomy Labeled" - Danny Quirk Artwork

“Laminectomy Labeled”- This was the finished image, labeled and cleaned up, turning a body painting into a medical illustration without even breaking the skin! Read more at


For more information and more interesting paintings to browse through, check these out:


Danny Quirk (DannyArtQuirk) on Twitter

Danny Quirk on Behance

Danny Quirk Artwork | Facebook

Danny Quirk Artwork by dannyquirkartwork – Tumblr

Danny Quirk | Med in ArtMed in Art

Danny Quirk


Should We Use Body Painting to Teach Anatomy? | Science 

Danny Quirk – Huffington Post

Amazing Anatomical Body Art

Danny Quirk: Anatomical Self-Dissections

Hey, I can see straight through you! – Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Danny Quirk Is Changing The Way Anatomy Is Taught In Some Schools

Danny Quirk Dissects the Human Body

Graphic artist creates astonishing body art that appears more than skin deep


Danny Quirk on Etsy

Danny Quirk | Street Anatomy Gallery Store



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