Good story ... first heard about Dafeng well over a decade ago as the place to get a perfect copy of the painting of a dog playing poker...
https://www.thestandard.com.hk/break...tion/3/202090/In its heyday, three out of five oil paintings sold worldwide were made in the village, and for years village painters sold their copies to buyers across Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Exports began to dip after the 2008 global financial crisis, and all but dried up when China slammed shut its borders in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A few artists gave up and closed their studios. But others saw in the obstacles an opportunity to establish themselves as painters in their own right by catering to China's art market -- the second biggest in the world, with sales jumping by 35 percent in 2021.
Self-taught artist Zhao Xiaoyong used to sell replicas of Vincent van Gogh's work for about 1,500 yuan (US$220) each, while his original pieces fetch up to 50,000 yuan, he said.