China village Dafen-itely one for art lovers

24th Jul 2013

China-bound tourists on city breaks to Shenzhen can enjoy the work of thousands of artists who reproduce masterpieces for the masses.

These imitators of the great masters such as Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh congregate in the suburb of Dafen, known as Dafen Oil Painting Village.

Artists are versed in the required techniques at Chinese art academies and create countless copies of famous Western paintings.

The coastal area is thought to contain the world's largest concentration of mass-produced oil paintings.

It presently boasts 622 galleries and over 5,000 artists, producing three-fifths of the overall worldwide output of such canvas works, according to the China Daily.

One artist, Weng Yugo, 27, told the BBC: "I'd say that Westerners prefer classical pictures which tend to be very dark. Chinese people like bright colours."

Prices on DafenVillageOnline.com, a website established to sell pieces straight to customers abroad, average around £40.

Holidaymakers on group tours to Dafen can also buy in person.


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