Since the invention of the film camera, many believed that the traditional art form of landscape and portrait paintings would fall to the age of modern photography. Denis Peterson was one of the first photorealist (and even hyperrealist) painters to emerge in New York, USA, as he is considered a pioneer and primary architect of Hyper-realism.
Utilizing his extraordinary painting skills and technique, Peterson has steered his hyperrealism paintings to address social change, particularly with issues regarding the mistreatment of people by governments, societies, and systemic classism.
Then the usual question is asked by many viewers…why not just take photos of the same particular portraits rather than a painting that simply looks like a photo?
“Richard Estes, Denis Peterson, Audrey Flack, and Chuck Close often worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs. The hyperrealist genre is clearly more than an attempt to replicate the mechanical action of taking a photograph.” ( – Graham Thompson, Author)