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Posted on 1/21/2011 08:42:00 AM

Photos or Paintings?

Filed Under () at 1/21/2011 08:42:00 AM

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.

The 64-year-old, from New York, starts with a small photo which he then blows up 1-2000 times to capture every brick, facial expression and leaf in minute detail.

He was one of the first 'photorealists' to emerge in New York in the 1960s and early 1970s and is widely acknowledged as the founder of 'hyper-realism'.

His pieces are displayed at galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Utah, California, UK, Italy, Corsica, Switzerland, and France.

'Gloucester Road in Brighton': The New York artist starts with a small photograph then blows it up 1-2000 times to capture every brick

'Vortex': The paintings are so detailed that it takes really close inspection to realise they aren't photographs

'Foot Action': Even the tiny people in the foreground were painted into the scenes

'Grain of Sand': The pieces of work are to go on display at galleries around the world

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'Whipping Post Lane': The level of detail in this painting from the village of Rottingdean near Brighton takes a month to complete

'Apocolypse': Denis Peterson leaves onlookers impressed with his real life scenes showing moments in time in cities around the world

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