"My work is the mirror of mankind. Look at it and see yourself, who you are. When you see yourself, and love what you see, you can be free to relate to others in a new way." -Empty Kingdom interview

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    One of the first Photorealists to emerge in New York, Denis Peterson is widely known for pioneering a splinter art movement derived from Photorealism which had routinely idealized and objectified cultural icons in somewhat detached banal frameworks. Whilst abandoning Photorealism's more traditional aesthetic conventions, he coined this new painting genre Hyperrealism. Subliminal alternate realities coalesced into contemporary cultures and were boldly launched in his body of work. His painting Dust to Dust is referenced on a historical timeline in art history textbooks as the genesis of the Hyperrealism movement. It is not only the hierarchy of the arts this artist intends to upset, but real social paradigms. Whereas the fundamental component is not necessarily the painting subject, but man's proximity to it, his collective body of work centers on the indefatigable human spirit. A radical painter, Peterson's compelling virtuosity addresses the timeless human condition with precision and with dignity. Painters Estes, Peterson, Flack and Close worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared as photographs. Peterson's Hyperrealist work conveys a sense of inwardness and refective self-consciousness. It differs from the idealizing, more deadpan aspects of figures in Photorealism who appear fetishistic or as mere individuals in the urban scene. They are simply deserving of having their likenesses recorded as any famous persons and more importantly, of having their humanity recognized. These socially conscious paintings are the products of an extraordinary labor of compassion. They serve as phenomenological vehicles for social change and have been lauded by museums, galleries and art collectors in Miami, NY, Southampton, DC, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Hong Kong, Brussels, Zürich, Moscow, Paris, Milan, Como and London.

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