A definition of what Hyper-Realism is as a quote from Denis Peterson:

 “As a recognized subset of photorealism, hyperrealism takes into account a process of simulation that emphasizes digital degradation, defects and deficiencies of pictorial elements in modern photography and digital imagery. Therefore, content of subject matter is a separate medium through which viewers can connect to reality through the falsity and simulation of the image, which ironically is convincing. While I rely upon digital photographs as aesthetic references, I create simulations of reality rather than representations (Photorealism) of simulations (photos) which themselves are already representations of reality. In other words, Photorealism depicts an illusion of photography while Hyperrealism depicts an illusion of reality. Subtle distinctions, yet significant.” – Denis Peterson