Shenzhen Art 5: Dafen oil painting village (& gallery)

In the final instalment, let’s check out Dafen oil painting village.

Wasn’t too busy during the holidays, but who wants crowds?

In the outskirts of suburban Longgang District we find the famous village, a landmark of the city. I hadn’t been here in years. This time it isn’t so much a high-brow art scene as a place to buy copies of famous paintings for your hotel or restaurant or something. Classics, pop art, commissioned portraits, a few originals. All is wholesale, bargainable, assembly-line. It is good to see some lowly art students be so capitalist and hustle to make a living.

THAT is rather Shenzhen

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There is a museum with a proper gallery, and there were some interesting works by very talented artists in there as well worth seeing. I enjoyed the Steve Jobs done in traditional Chinese painting style, that is really rather Dafen/SZ…

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And back to the village,

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Among other sights, it was nice to watch an artist at work. Incredible.

Lastly, feeling inspired, I conclude my Shenzhen art tour with the purchasing of some supplies of my own.

When next I blog, hope to have something to show off.

Thanks for click!

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