"Designating Hyperrealism a new genre was eclipsed by a genuine state of hyper-reality in my work.”
TV INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN NEWS
"Photography assimilated into the art world with the success of painters Estes, Peterson, Flack and Close."
"Peterson leaves onlookers impressed with his real life scenes - but gobsmacked when realised every inch
EUROPEAN UNION TIMES
"Peterson lives with images so intensely (mega realism) that they become familiar, internal, alive and emotional."
"Through <!his> Denis' work, it is not only the hierarchy of arts that the artist intends to upset, but real social paradigms."
PIERRE BERGÉ & ASSOCIÉS
"The fundamental component in Peterson's dynamic work is not necessarily the subject, but
man's proximity to it."
THOMAS PAUL FINE ARTS
"Emotional empathy with his subjects distinguishes Peterson’s work from the cooler response of Photorealists."
CONTEMPORARY ART, LEEDS UNIVERSITY
"Peterson is known for his fine draftsmanship and is technically more advanced than prior Photorealists."
THE ART STORY, IMPORTANT ART AND ARTISTS OF PHOTOREALISM
"Denis Peterson, Audrey Flack, Richard Estes and Chuck Close worked from photographic stills to create paintings."
AMERICAN CULTURE IN THE 2OTH CENTURY • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
"Denis Peterson distinguished Hyperrealism from Photorealism making meticulous changes to emphasize a socially conscious message."
ART THE WHOLE STORY • THAMES AND HUDSON PUBLISHING
"Rendered with magnificent photographic precision, Peterson’s paintings bring the chaos of the street into clear focus."
PLUS ONE GALLERY
"Peterson worked to expose totalitarian regimes, portraying corruption and oppression. His themes are universally defined."
"The first Photorealists were Chuck Close, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Audrey Flack, and Denis Peterson."
THE ART STORY • MODERN ART INSIGHT
"Denis, I find your work most impressive! You are really a master of the airbrush technique."
"Denis Peterson initially emerged as a Photorealist painter.
He would soon become widely acknowledged as the primary architect of Hyperrealism."
immediately apparent that techniques and methods are a product of his work, not the other way around."
"This instance of Hyperrealism is a performance art.
Peterson isn't showing off; he is a radical painter, compelling us with his dedication."
A BRUSH STROKE FOR EVERY HUMAN SUFFERING
"This is an artist who has chosen to use his art as a humanitarian effort to change the world, as seen in his stunning paintings on genocide."
"His latest series is a showcase for how far he can take his abilities: he is, really, an Olympic-level athlete of painting.
Denis is in a class by himself."
"Peterson imbues something of himself into the work - which is why his images succeed where his contemporaries do not."
KEEP IT HYPERREAL
"Peterson's work addresses a sense of loss, pain/angst in a culture dominated by corporate America."
"Renaissance painters catered to emerging capitalism,
and Peterson's Don’t Shed No Tears
provokes America to intervene with her wealth."
A BRUSHSTROKE FOR EVERY HUMAN SUFFERING
"Peterson's paintings have a timeless symbolic meaning, rather than the mere appearance of a photo."
AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR
"In Dust to Dust, Peterson asserts a man of negligible social status is as deserving of having his humanity recognized."
FROM CAVE PAINTING TO STREET ART • RIZZOLI PUBLISHING
"All of Peterson's works are well-made, capture attention at the surface level and provoke immediate admiration of technique."
"Peterson brought unacknowledged subjects to the gallery. His works are arresting, forcing viewers to confront genocide, homelessness and totalitarianism."
"Peterson portrays anonymous ordinary people caught in contemporary conflicts, neither glorifying nor heroising them."
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, CZ
"In creating these painstaking, handmade works, Mr. Peterson is working in an artistic tradition that goes as far back as the Renaissance."
CANADA GLOBE AND MAIL
"Peterson's semiotic paintings are more deliberate polymorphic illusions of reality and considerably less monolithic than
ART AND ANTIQUES MAGAZINE
"These works are visually compelling; bearing witness to grotesque mistreatment of people by
governments, societies, and systemic classism."
CABLE NEWS 12
"As metaphors that tell our current society's story, these images expose the doubt and vulnerability that many in this nation feel."
ART REFLECTS TRUTH • DESERET NEWS
"Peterson's Hyperrealism incorporates POP culture in an existential frame of reference: phantasmagorical, optically convincing images."
"The hidden secret is revealed - people and obscure reflections on background windows have been conjured up by his brushstrokes."
UK DAILY MAIL
"This may look like a photograph of NYC... but it is actually a painting by hyperrealist Denis Peterson."
"Whereas the camera does this as a matter of optics, this artist has endured whatever it took to make sure human eyes
do not respond as mindlessly."
THE MULLAH WITH NO LEGS
"Very beautiful and so exquisitely crafted I took them for photographs. Peterson's work is serious, sophisticated, politically and
"Peterson's work exemplifies cityscape photorealism at its best. Precision, color and exactitude extraordinarily rich in technique and composition."
CORCORAN • MCLEAN PROJECT FOR THE ARTS
"The incredible realism of life on the streets in Denis Peterson's hyperreal paintings bewilders viewers."
BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ARTS
"To witness genocide is to feel not only the chill of your own mortality, but the degradation of all humanity."
"Gottfried Helnwein, Denis Peterson, and Craig Wylie are all Hyperrealist artists who use their work to send an unapologetic social message."
PLUS ONE GALLERY • LONDON
"Major exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum have showcased the works of contemporary artists Chuck Close, Denis Peterson and Ron Mueck."
"They are the images of everyday life, snapshots of a busy, sometimes lonely, existence. Only a handful of artists can achieve this result."
MSN TV AUSTRALIAN NEWS
"Hyperrealist painters Chuck Close, Charles Bell, and Denis
Peterson produced canvasses indistinguishable
from images that became the driving force of Western capitalism."
MOSCOW MUSEUM OF MODERN ART • HYPERREALISM: WHEN REALITY BECOMES AN ILLUSION
"Peterson's images connect to Social Realism. They put a face to their own dogma,
showing individuals caught in the social/political/cultural juggernaut."
"He pioneered a splinter movement in Photorealism he called Hyperrealism, a widely acknowledged school of art
with a significant international following."
"Denis captures how hard it can be to make it in America.
His paintings deftly illustrate the gap between the wealthy and poor of American society."
TREND HUNTER ART & DESIGN
"Peterson, whose pioneering works are universally viewed as an offshoot of Photorealism,
first used Hyperrealism to apply to the new movement."
HYPERREALISM ARTICLE • WIKIPEDIA
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DON'T SHED NO TEARS
"My work is the mirror of mankind. Look at it and see yourself, who you are..."
INTERVIEW, EMPTY KINGDOM
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / DENIS PETERSON Ⓒ 2005-23