American Culture in the 20th Century, Edinburgh University Press
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Chuck Close worked from photographic stills to create paintings .
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Art: The Whole Story, Thames and Hudson Publishing "Denis Peterson distinguished hyperrealism from photorealism making meticulous changes to a work's depth of field, color and composition in order to emphasize a socially conscious message."
Cave Painting to Street Art - 40,000 Years of Creativity, Rizzoli Publishing "Peterson asserts a man of negligible social status who inhabits the lowest stratum of society is just as worthy of having his portrait painted as any titled individual or famous person and just as deserving of having his humanity recognized."
NYC Art "His latest series is a showcase for how far he can take his abilities: he is, really, an Olympic-level athlete of painting. He is the Michael Phelps of painting, the Usain Bolt of airbrush and paintbrush. I've seen a lot of fantastic painters in my time. Denis is in a class by himself. He makes Vermeer look like Pollock."
MSNTV "They are the images of everyday life, snapshots of a busy, sometimes lonely, existence. But there's a difference: the images are not photos but paintings! Only a handful of artists can achieve this result."
BBCTV "To witness genocide is to feel not only the chill of your own mortality, but the degradation of all humanity. This room is empty, though it is full. It has been emptied by the hatred of other people. The most brilliant photography cannot capture the landscape of genocide, but Peterson's paintings surpass it."
WORTV "An exemplary artist who has chosen to use his art as a humanitarian effort to change the world."
Butler Institute of American Art "The incredible realism of life on the streets bewilders viewers."
Deseret News "As metaphors that tell our current society's story, these images expose the doubt and vulnerability that many in this nation feel, but they also bring a sense of humanity that can unite us and help us feel the burdens borne by our fellow citizens."
Globe and Mail "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. His timeless compositions lead the pack in hyperrealism painting."
European Union Times "Artist Denis Peterson leaves onlookers impressed with his real life scenes showing cities around the world - but gobsmacked when they realise every inch of these pictures are painted."
Illustrato Magazine "Peterson's hyperrealism incorporates POP culture within an existential frame of reference. Phantasmagorical, these optically convincing images are --often--> their own simulacra: altered realities challenging verisimilitude, perception and illusion."
UK Telegraph "This may look like a photograph of NYC. But it is actually a painting by Denis Peterson."
UK Daily Mail "At first glance some of his works look like a simple billboard over a busy urban setting. But on closer inspection the hidden secret is revealed - people and obscure reflections on background windows have been conjured up by his brushstrokes."
Canadian Globe and Mail "His timeless compositions are leading the pack in hyperrealism painting."
McLean Project for the Arts "Peterson's work exemplifies cityscape photorealism at its best. Precision, color and exactitude are extraordinarily rich in both technique and composition."
Art Info "Very beautiful and so exquisitely crafted I initially took them for photographs. Peterson's work is serious, sophisticated, politically and morally engaged."
Poets and Artists Magazine "Denis Peterson's hyperrealist paintings are stunning visual statements peppered with underlying socio-economic paradigms. In viewing them, it becomes immediately apparent that techniques and methods are products of his work, not the other way around. The illusion of reality as a transformational aesthetic is a virtual means to an end."
WordPress "Somewhere during the process of painting, Peterson imbues something of himself into the work, which is why his images succeed where his contemporaries do not. Devoid of any human presence, his locations are ripe for ghosts, the atmosphere heavy with unassuaged yearning."
American Art Collector Magazine "Peterson's paintings have a timeless symbolic meaning rather than the mere appearance of a photograph; instead creating a sense of personalization and interaction. Peterson gets this detail in the work by a very labor-intensive and unique process of handling color."
Art and Antiques Magazine "Peterson's semiotic paintings are more deliberate polymorphic illusions of reality and considerably less monolithic than those found in traditional photorealism. These works invite wonder both for their high standard of craftsmanship and the individual vision of the artist."
NY Examiner "Living with artwork differs from briefly witnessing art on exhibition. All of Peterson's works are well-made, capture attention at the surface level, and provoke immediate admiration of technique."