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Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化

日期: 2017-04-24
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来源: Leanne Overby

After realizing that my dreams of traveling around mainland China on weekends could not become a reality, I decided to switch gears and start searching for write-home worthy hidden gems in this crazy, massive city I call home. 

I live in the outer Longgang District of Shenzhen, and I'll be honest, there's not much going on in this neck of the woods. It's really just a suburb where big city living dreams die quickly: a black hole of high-rise apartments and chain stores. There are some good restaurants and the rent is cheap, but the list of pros ends shortly after that. There is, however, one place that is unlike any other in the city (probably even the province) that Longgangers can claim as their own. 

Behold! Dafen Oil Painting Village (the Village). This colorful cluster of streets offers culture vultures and explorers a close-to-home day trip that requires little effort or money. I've been to the area a few times now and am always finding something new to love about it. I recently visited with some first time guests and we all agreed: Dafen is a must do for anyone living in or visiting Shenzhen. 


The Alleyways


The Village is made up of a collection of art-filled alleyways and narrow streets. The best way to tackle it is by zig-zagging through. There are smaller alleyways connecting the streets, which are not to be missed, but try and stick to the zig-zag to ensure you see it all. There are some street names and addresses to help guide you, but it’s more or less a free-for-all, and best suited for those who like to wander. 

To my knowledge there is no takeaway map or guide for the Village, but in all honesty, I haven't looked for one. If you see a painting that you want, or need time to ponder a purchase, take a picture of the shop or drop a location pin on your phone so you can easily get back there later. 


The Art


According to the Daily Mail, the Village is believed to be the largest mass producer of oil paintings in the world. The artists are known for their ability to re-create some of the world's most famous pieces.

When it comes to style, the sky's the limit. From animals to abstract and glam, skylines and vistas to landscapes and portraits, it's not hard to find a canvas fitting for your wall. If you're looking for something specific, show a painter what you want. They may have it in the back already or can recommend a different shop.

You can commission portraits from the artists as well. If you don't have any pictures of yourself with a background worth painting, don't worry, they'll create a background in a portrait for you. Just give the artist a copy of the picture you want (digital or print will work), discuss a price and size, and let them take care of the rest.


Getting There


It's a simple mission. Hop on the blue line (metro line 3) and get off at Dafen. Head out exit A and take the staircase to the right. Walk straight for 5 minutes, passing shops and vendors, staying parallel to the main road. Veer slightly left after passing Walmart, then take a quick left down a small staircase. The overwhelming sewage smell that welcomes you fades quickly as you enter, so don't get discouraged.


Tips and Tidbits 


◆Stop in at KFC on your way to the Village to use the toilet. It's clean and has tissue AND soap. 

◆Barter. Ask for a discount if you're buying more than one piece, or go in with an offer significantly lower than asking price as a starting point for the haggle.

◆Check out one of the cool cafés scattered around the Village. Coffee, tea and cocktails are reasonably priced, and the décor is divine. 

◆No doubt, you'll work up an appetite. Grab a bite at one of the noodle stalls, or try the restaurant near the entrance. It looks a little run down, but it's safe and delicious. I’ve eaten there four times now and have lived to tell the tale. You can find more places to dine in the shopping area by the metro.

◆Save time to check out Dafen Art Museum. It's located in the Village near the end of the main road. 

◆There are tons of shops selling supplies like brushes, paint, easels, canvases and more. Tell your artist friends.

◆Most shops accept WeChat, but having some cash on hand isn't a bad idea. 


Pablo Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” So break from routine and go and explore the Village. Picasso would want you to.


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


Get Your Culture on at Dafen Oil Painting Village在大芬油画艺术村沉浸于你的文化


大芬油画村


我发觉通过节假日游遍中国大陆的梦想泡汤后,我决定轻装简行,先在这个忙乱、巨大的城市里——这个我称之为“家”的地方——找到一些掩藏的“珍宝”,好写进我的家书里。

我住在深圳龙岗区的外部。讲实话,这附近没什么地方可去。那儿真的就是一处能让人居住在大城市的梦想瞬间幻灭的郊区:一个高层公寓和连锁店的黑洞。虽然那还真有几家不错的饭店,而且租房租金也不贵;但除了这些,它好像也没啥优点了。不过,这里还真有一处地方和这城市里的其他地方不同(很有可能跟全省其他地方都不同),那儿是龙岗人的骄傲。

看!那就是大芬油画村(简称“大芬村”)。只要用一点点精力或花一点点钱,那些文化发烧友或探险爱好者就能在这由大片色彩覆盖的街道中来一场离家特别近的短期旅游。我已经来这里好几回了,每回都能找到些我喜欢的新玩意儿。上回我和一些游客一起去了那,他们是头一回去那地方。到了那之后,他们想得和我一样:不管是住在深圳还是只是来深圳旅游,大芬村绝对是必去的地方之一。


小巷子


整个大芬村由众多充满艺术品的小巷和窄街组成。最好的游览路线就是走“之”字形路线。小巷子连着街道,为了没有遗漏,看到尽量多的艺术品,最好就试着并坚持走“之”字形路线。那里有些命名了的街道和地址,这可以帮忙指引方向和位置。但这个基本完全免费的地方,还是最适合那群喜欢随心漫步的人。

就我所知,大芬村里既没有景区导游图也没有向导;实话实说,我也没有费心去找过。如果你看上了一幅画,或得花时间去考虑要不要买下一些作品的时候,那就先拍一张店面的照片,要不就在地图里标上定位。这样下次来的时候很容易就能找到那个地方。


艺术品


按《每日邮报》的说法,大芬村应该是全世界最大规模的油画生产者聚集地。这些艺术家以他们再创造那些世界名作的能力而闻名。

说起这些画家的创作风格,简直就是无边无际。从动物画到抽象画再到华丽的绘画,从远景画、近景画再到肖像画,你很容易就能找到适合挂在墙头的作品。如果你在找某件特定的艺术作品,可以直接跟画家讲你想要什么。他们很可能在屋后就有那么一件作品,要不然他们也会推荐你去另一家店找找。

你也可以委托那些艺术家给你画幅肖像画。如果你的照片没有一张背景你满意的,别担心,他们会在你的肖像画里创作一幅背景。你只需要给画家一张想用的照片(数码的或印出来的都行),谈好尺寸和价格,剩下的就交给他们处理吧。


抵达路线


这个挺简单的。跳上地铁蓝线(地铁3号线)然后在大芬站下车。从A口出来后登上向右的楼梯,之后沿着大道一直走5分钟左右,别理会旁边的那些小贩和小店。过了沃尔玛之后稍向左转,然后直接下左边的一小段楼梯。一股子刺鼻的污水味儿会直接冲过来,但它来得快去得也快,所以没必要因此就不去那。


温馨提示


●在去大芬村的路上,你可以在肯德基那边用下洗手间。那比较干净,更主要是它还有纸巾和香皂。

●如果要买东西,假如你要买不止一幅作品,你可以问店主能不能给个折扣;要不你也可以到那些在讨价还价后价格可以明显比原价低的店去买东西。

●建议去逛逛那些散落在大芬村附近的特色咖啡馆。那里咖啡、茶和鸡尾酒的价钱都比较合理,而且内部装修也很出彩。

●不用怀疑,在这也能让你大饱口福。在一家面摊那吃一顿简餐,要么试下村子入口处的饭店。那家店看起来有点经营不善,但它的吃的还是很卫生很好吃的。我已经在那吃了四回了而且还活着在这给诸位讲这些故事。你能在地铁附近购物的地方找到更多吃饭的地方。

●花点时间去逛下大芬艺术博物馆。它就在大芬村主路的尽头。

●这里有很多店卖像画刷、颜料、画架、画布之类的工具。你可以告诉你那些艺术家朋友。

●大多数店支持微信支付,但备一些现金在身上也不是啥坏事。

艺术家巴勃罗·毕加索曾说过“艺术的目的在于洗掉我们的灵魂在日常生活中沾染到的灰尘”。所以有时不妨暂时逃出繁琐的日常生活,来大芬村探索一番。毕加索会让你这么做的。




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