Hyperrealism painting Don't Shed No Tears by Denis Peterson


  • Painting Series:
    Don't Shed No Tears
  • Media:
    Polyvinyl Paint
  • Painting Method:
    Airbrush/Glazed Layers
  • Substrate:
    30"x40" Stretched Canvas
  • Signed Prints/Edition 200:
    22 Available
  • Past Exhibitions:
    Gallery, Museum Traveling Exhibition
  • The story behind the image:

    "This instance of hyperrealism is a performance art. Viewers are deliberately made to notice the amazing amount of time and painstaking effort that went into portraying this Darfur refugee. Peterson isn't showing off; he is a radical painter, compelling us with his dedication. The astonishing realism is the result of every wrinkle and twist of hair being colored and shadowed in the context of reflected light from every other object in the scene.

    Whereas the camera does this mindlessly as a matter of optics, this artist has endured whatever it took to make sure human eyes do not respond as mindlessly. We can flip the page on a Newsweek photo, worth a click of the camera, but we can’t as easily turn away from such an extraordinary labor of compassion."
    Ari Siletz - A Brush Stroke for Every Human Suffering