China's Production-Line Painting Workshop





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Published on Aug 21, 2007

Painting Village (2006): If you fancy an old master but don't want to pay millions, Dafen, China, is the place to go. For a few dollars, the 'painter workers' will whip you up whatever you fancy. The village already supplies 600 galleries.

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Just 17 years ago, Dafen was a rural backwater. Then art entrepreneur Huang Jiang moved in. "I needed lots of people to work for me. Here was a whole village", he explains. By applying China's production line techniques to art and training lots of artists, he has boosted the town's turnover to $22 million p.a. Orders come in from around the world.

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