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Anatomy and Art

When the mechanics of life lead to creative visual outbursts

October 1, 2014

The field of scientific illustration has an obvious historical importance in the development of visual representation of information, specially when it comes to infographics and diagrams. Focusing more on the technical accuracy than anything else, the truth is that, for experienced and talented illustrators, aesthetic beauty is almost a given, a natural consequence, of the work they do.

However, in addition to Science, the fascinating mechanics of the inner body, either human or any other species, have also influenced and inspired artists from all sorts. Obviously, in these cases scientific accuracy isn’t necessarily a priority, but that doesn’t undermine the creative outbursts behind many of them.

It’s been a while, since we brought here on Visualoop exquisite examples of art pieces created using anatomical references as inspiration. We pulled together a few more that came to our attention since then, from paper collages to full-sized outdoor graffiti work, from delicate – and somewhat disturbing – sculptures to colored X-Ray pictures of underwater creatures.

Hope you enjoy it:

Anatomical collages, by Bedelgeuse

(image: Bedelgeuse)
(image: Bedelgeuse)
(image: Bedelgeuse)

(Via)

China sculptures by Kate Macdowell

(image: Kate Macdowell)
(image: Kate Macdowell)
(image: Kate Macdowell)

(Via)

Underwater anatomy series, by Adam Summers

(image: Adam Summers)
(image: Adam Summers)
(image: Adam Summers)

(Via)

Anatomical surrealism, by Valerio Carruba

(image: Valerio Carruba)
(imagem: Valerio Carruba)
(image: Valerio Carruba)

(Via)

Paintings and posters by Remy Nurse

(image: Remy Nurse)
(image: Remy Nurse)

(Via)

Insects, by Laurent Seroussi

(image: Laurent Seroussi)
(image: Laurent Seroussi)

(Via)

X-Ray Nature, by Arie van’t Riet

(image: Arie van’t Riet)
(image: Arie van’t Riet)

(Via)

Graffiti artwork by SHOK-1

(image: SHOK-1)
(image: SHOK-1)
(image: SHOK-1)

(Via)

 

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Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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