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Gallery to Host ‘Hyperrealist’ Paintings of New York Streets

'Foot Action,' acrylics and urethanes on canvas, 38 inches by 32 inchesFrom March 15 to April 20, The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host “Paintings,” a series by Denis Peterson that depicts New York City street scenes.

Originally based on photographs, Peterson’s “hyperrealist” multi-layered paintings incorporate altered depths of field, compositional changes and expanded color ranges to portray the urbanized cultural reality.

His work is considered an extreme version of photorealism, with a focus on pictorial precision in his presentation of social realities alongside an implied social commentary.

Before earning a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Peterson restored 16th and 17th century Flemish paintings, a skill he learned from his grandfather, a master painter and protégé of Claude Monet. His art education included drawing, painting and art restoration. Pratt awarded Peterson a teaching fellowship in drawing.

Peterson’s paintings are collected worldwide and exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He maintains a studio in Long Island.

The gallery will host a gallery talk and Meet the Artist reception with Peterson on March 24. Peterson’s gallery talk begins at noon, and the reception will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with artist’s comments at 5:30.

The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more about the exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, visit online, e-mail or call 570-320-2445.

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