Described as paintings that reflect "the evils in our world". But if you ask me, it seems to be more of a cultural lens.

Acclaimed visual artist Cleon Peterson has working extremely long, creating large scale paintings for an upcoming solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Dubbed "Shadow of Men," the wide ranging presentation features depictions of violence, political corruption and the state of the social conscience. 

When asked about his signature visual aesthetic, Peterson stated “If we don’t confront the evils within ourselves, we’ll never be forced to take action against the evils in our world. I want to present things that are cognitively dissonant, ideas that make the viewer have to think critically about the ethical, moral, and historical roles we all play in the world.” 

If you would to witness complex art through a social lens, visit here and enjoy the captivating works below. 

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