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Denis Peterson earned a Painting MFA at
Denis Peterson earned a Painting MFA at Pratt Institutewhere he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship. He taught lifesize figure drawing at Pratt and exhibited his early New Realist paintings in New York City while restoring 16th and 17th Century Flemish
One of the first Photorealists to emerge in New York, Peterson introduced a revolutionary painting methodology in his work: airbrushing polymers. His large groundbreaking "cropped image" figurative paintings were initially exhibited in a premier Photorealist exhibition at the Brooklyn Museumin New York.
Years later, Peterson pioneered Hyperrealism, a splinter art movement derived from Photorealism, which had routinely idealized and objectified cultural icons in detached banal frameworks. Based on studies of the literary works by Baudrillard, he coined his new painting genre Hyperrealism whilst abandoning Photorealism's more traditional aesthetic conventions.
Subliminal alternate realities coalesced into contemporary cultures and were boldly launched in his new body of work. His timeless compositions lead the pack in hyperrealism painting. A radical painter, Peterson's compelling virtuosity addresses the timeless human condition with precision and dignity. These socially conscious paintings are the products of an extraordinary labor of compassion.
Denis Peterson's painting series Don't Shed No Tears focuses on persecution, human dispersion, genocide and the reality of refugees everywhere. Peterson worked to expose totalitarian regimes by portraying corruption and oppression. His themes have been universally defined as drawing characters who face - with amazing inner calm - the horror, deadly diseases and impending affliction surrounding them.
Peterson brought unacknowledged subjects to the gallery, but his works are arresting, forcing viewers to confront genocide, homelessness and totalitarianism. They are simply deserving of having their likenesses recorded as any famous person's, and more importantly, of having their humanity recognized.
It is not only the hierarchy of the arts this artist intends to upset, but real social paradigms. The fundamental component is not necessarily the painting subject, nor man's proximity to it. His collective body of work centers on the indefatigable human spirit. In creating these painstaking, handmade works, Mr. Peterson is working in an artistic tradition that goes as far back as the Renaissance. The results speak for themselves.
Painters like Estes, Peterson, Flack, and Close often worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs. Peterson's work (however) conveys a sense of inwardness and refective self-consciousness, differs from the idealizing, more deadpan aspect of figures in Photorealism who appear either fetishistic or as mere individuals in the urban scene.
There is no denying the high level of technical prowess required for this unique creative process. Masters of the genre like Denis Peterson are praised for their skill and ability to transform their vision into an astounding piece of art.
Exhibition venues include NYC, DC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Zürich, London, Milan, Como, Brussels and Paris. Peterson's revolutionary works are lauded by museums, galleries, universities, and art connoisseurs worldwide.