Kevin Peterson's graffiti portraits are not only vibrant and eye-catching, but they also display an incredible artistic prowess that renders these paintings hyperrealistic.
Each portrait depicts someone in an urban setting. Behind them is a wall full of bright street art that offsets the monochromatic color palettes of the paintings' subjects. Every subject of Peterson's graffiti portraits is an urban archetype. A young woman anxiously clutching her baby, two men fighting, and a child looking confused against the chaotic street art behind her are a few of the subjects chosen to represent urban life.
The hyperrealism of Peterson's portraits almost draw the eye away from the subjects towards the street art. At first glance these paintings seem to be photographs of vibrant urban street art. It takes a second glance to realize that the paintings are in fact about the people dwarfed by their surroundings.
These graffiti portraits are wonderful examples of how modern-day city life is affecting contemporary art, making for some interesting works.