Imitating His Way to Originality

loading Zhou's replica of Van Gogh's The Starry Night.

The Zhou YongJiu Art Exhibition was held at the Camera Museum up on Penang Hill last October to create awareness of the hardships faced by the Chinese art industry and to promote the appreciation of oil paintings. Zhou YongJiu himself unveiled a collection of personal and Van Gogh-inspired pieces to local art enthusiasts.

But first, some context. Dubbed the “Oil Painting Village” in the art world, Dafen, a suburb of Shenzhen, is believed to be the world’s largest art reproduction factory. The industry emerged in the late 1980s spearheaded by Hong Kong businessman Huang Jiang, who after showcasing paintings by local artists at a Hong Kong art fair in 1989, found himself overwhelmed by more orders than he could handle.

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